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Summer is the time to give
By Paul Kyllo
Soup Kitchen Treasurer
The good news is The Soup Kitchen has recovered from the pandemic. Today guests have returned to served meals in the dining room.
As a result, we are no longer spending as much money on to-go containers, but food costs are up, reflecting not only our increase in the number of guests, but also the general increase in grocery items that we all have experienced.
For the first five months of the year (January through May) we have received $19,000 from St. Barnabas patrons, individual community donors, and business donors.
Unexpected operational costs affected our balance sheet.
Our expenses for the same five-month period totaled up to $48,131: a deficit of $28,975. Unexpected operational costs such as a breakdown of the walk-in cooler that required $890 for repairs also affect our balance sheet.
The Soup Kitchen Board is working on plans for future fundraising activities, as well as seeking stable income streams from foundations and corporate donors.
If you are already a regular donor, please consider an extra contribution to The Soup Kitchen this summer.
Monthly pledges nourish guests
The warm comfort of a delicious meal, the buzz of catching up with friends and the humanity of being a guest at a non-judgmental table is a constant that our ministry can provide in a time of transition.
As our hungry community continues to grow, we need your help to meet this increasing need. Monthly pledges, large or small help us stock our pantry with healthy food, maintain our equipment, provide cooking and serving supplies and save for the future needs of our Soup Kitchen guests.