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April 18, 2013

Soup kitchen reaches "Build to Feed" goal

Sonshine's Build to Feed campaign raises $50K

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Volunteers are out in force every day to bring food and fellowship to those in need. The soup kitchen serves an average of 60 meals per day. Last year, more than 15,000 meals were served.

Add in the more than 8,000 hours of volunteer time and it’s a community service that joins many groups together to help others.

Addison Wood, 18, is part of the volunteer network and said the soup kitchen is a special place. He planned and created a new pantry space to store nonperishable food in the adjoining office and storage location.

Other volunteers pitch in on a regular basis.

Brian Gallagher said he likes helping people and making a difference.

“I like connecting with people in a meaningful way,” he said. “It’s more than just helping people. It’s the community we build here.”

Seth Abbott has come to the kitchen as part of the Windham Bible Church volunteer team the second Friday of every month.

“God’s been good to me,” he said. “I just want to give back.”

In addition to providing meals, the soup kitchen offers young members of the community a chance to earn volunteer and community service hours. It also has a clothing ministry.

Donations of food and clothing are always welcome at 4 Crystal Ave. People can drop off donations from 1 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 437-2833.

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