A new George Town soup kitchen has become so popular it’s struggling to meet demand.
After 26 years, the kitchen reopened June 15 at the George Town Seventh-day Adventist Church after the church hall was equipped with a full kitchen.
In its first two days of operation, the kitchen dished out 385 cups of soup in a mere six hours, with figures now above 700 and still a need for more. The service also delivers 30 cups to The Pines retirement home twice a week.
The kitchen is run by Victoria Nelson, Elsie Myles and a team of volunteers, including drivers who deliver the soup across George Town between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. each Sunday and Wednesday.
Ms. Nelson said the group delivers to those in need, mainly older residents and those unable to leave their homes.
“As we went out, we found that there were more and more people in need,” Ms. Nelson said. “The number has increased dramatically.”
“Our main goal is to help those who are needy and cannot really afford food. I wish we could do more. There are lots of people that need things; we are hoping that we can help those who are less fortunate.”
Ms. Nelson said drivers had started to carry extra soup during their deliveries for additional people they came across.
“Our only concern is that we can’t meet their demand,” Ms. Nelson said.
The kitchen has been funded by donations, including the money raised from the Adventist Laymen’s Services and Industries 5K Run/Walk last September. Kitchen supplies were also donated by AL Thompson’s and Walkers Attorneys at Law.
To volunteer or deliver soup, phone 929-6203.