For the 2nd year in a row, Feed’em Soup Community Project will serve a meal Thanksgiving eve free of charge to the community. The group has been serving meals for over a year and is planning for record numbers at this years Thanksgiving Eve meal. The 2010 Thanksgiving eve meal fed 150 people for the first time, and this year Feed’em Soup staff is planning for upwards of 200 guests.
Since the first meal, attendance has more than tripled at the free community meals. Feed’em Soup staff stresses that need is a broad term and not just for the economically disadvantaged. “Some people come to us to socialize and get out of their homes for the evening” said President Randi Kennedy. “We also get a lot of people that just love the concept of Feed’em Soup and come to support us.” The meals are completely open to the public and donation baskets are available for supporters who can afford to donate and cover the cost of food, but no one is ever asked to pay for any services.
The group takes the term soup kitchen to a different level. While the concept is simple, the approach is atypical. Guests are waited on restaurant style rather than having to stand in a cafeteria line. Everyone is waited on as if they are a paying customer and meals often feature live music to entertain the guests. The kitchen staff prepares meals fresh and the menu changes each meal. While soup is a staple, the menu varies greatly from soup, to spaghetti or pancakes.
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