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November 14, 2013

Sonshine Soup Kitchen struggles to meet need

Local soup kitchen serves dozens daily

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The need to serve is growing, Sonshine’s executive director Cynthia Dwyer said.

To date this year, Sonshine has served more than 7,000 guests and served about 10,000 meals. Volunteers have logged in more than 6,300 hours.

The kitchen does not get any state or federal aid to provide food, Dwyer said.

Volunteer numbers are strong, but sometimes the supplies dwindle.

“We are charged with taking care of those who need,” Dwyer said.

Although the official fundraising campaign ended, support is still appreciated. Sonshine often runs at a deficit, so cash is always needed.

It’s not just food that people need, Dwyer said. Sonshine also has a supply of clothing in all sizes available.

“We had 81 people come to us (recently) looking for clothing,” she said.

She said when donations are generous, Sonshine passes on excess to the nearby community food pantry. Local farmers are very generous, she said, donating fresh vegetables for meals.

Even though times are tough, she said, Sonshine will continue to feed and help clothe those struggling.

“Nobody is not going to be fed,” she said.

Sonshine Soup Kitchen is located at 4 Crystal Ave., in the lower level of First Baptist Church. To learn more about helping with donations or volunteering, call 437-2883. Meals are served Monday through Friday at 4:30 p.m.

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