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The Soup Kitchen and the Giving Room at Sister Maureen Joyce Center

SMJC SOUP KITCHEN: Lois Keefrider

Soup Kitchen Volunteers 2019
Soup Kitchen Volunteers

We have settled into our new normal and are providing take-out service as we have been doing throughout Covid-19.  We offer a hot meal each Monday and Thursday which includes a main entre – offerings might include salmon, pulled pork, meatloaf, pork tenderloin, chicken, goulash and other things as they become available to us. Also included is a salad – which often is a colorful tossed salad with many vegetables or a rice salad, coleslaw or salmon salad. Usually, a soup made from scratch is provided along with a vegetable, sweets, a beverage and other snack items. Breads donated from BJ’s (who also donate our sweets – cookies, muffins, croissants, cakes and cupcakes, etc.) are available for people to take. We often have cakes and pies for people who have a larger family or a special occasion.  As always, our guests are most grateful and are looking forward to when we can again gather as a community. We all miss that sense of belonging.

We can use more volunteers, particularly on Mondays, so if anyone is comfortable coming in and helping, it would be most appreciated.  God bless you all!

SMJC GIVING ROOM: Judy Farrell and Chris Sheridan

Judy at Giving Room
Judy Farrell at the Giving Room

We have set up shop at the side door of the SMJC and are now open Mondays and Thursdays at the same time as the Soup Kitchen’s lunch distribution, from 11:45 a.m. until 1 p.m. We serve 15 to 20 guests each day we are open, considerably fewer than the 35-40 we were accustomed to, but those who come seem to be grateful that we are there.

With cooler weather on the way, we have packed up the shorts and sandals and are putting sweatpants and sweaters on the shelves. Our need now is for men’s casual fall/winter clothing and footwear. Women’s winter jackets and boots would be appreciated and personal care items are always welcome! You may drop off donations during our Thursday hours. As always, we appreciate all that you do to help.

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