Sunday, July 14, 2013

The Importance of the Soup Kitchen

At church this morning, a representative from a soup kitchen spoke to us. 

I thought that the lady from the soup kitchen made valuable points.  She talked about the type of people who come to the soup kitchen: refugees from other countries, full-time workers, people who cannot work, elderly people, veterans, etc.  She said that having a place where people can come to eat allows them to spend money on other things that they need, such as medicine and rent, since their food is already covered.  She also said that people can hang out at the soup kitchen, which is especially helpful to them when the weather outside is extremely hot, or extremely cold.  The lady said that soup kitchens are busy these days, with unemployment, and also the fact that there are many who earn wages that do not stretch particularly far.  I think that soup kitchens are important, for I cringe when I try to envision what my options would be if I were homeless, or if I were alone and did not earn enough money to pay my bills.  Where would I go?  What would I do?  It would be good for me to have a place to go.  It's also important for people to have access to food while they are attempting to get on their feet (assuming that they can get on their feet, for there are disabled people who can't work, and there are people who do work yet their wages are low). 

4 comments:

  1. We have some soup kitchens nearby, but there is a long waiting list for churches to help at them.

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  2. You mean that there are too many churches that want to help?

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  3. That is what I have heard. I know our church tried to help with the San Jose soup kitchen for a time, but gave up because they could not get any consistent schedule. We also have a local area charity that pools resources from about 100 churches. I have organized a few projects through them, but it is sometimes quite competitive to get involved. A list of charity projects goes out and you need to act quickly or you lose your chance!

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  4. I don't think that's the case here, since the lady speaking to us encouraged us to volunteer and told us good times to volunteer. But I'm not surprised that it's competitive in areas. I one time wanted to volunteer at a local hospital----simply visit people----and it seemed like I'd have to go through an application and training process!

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