FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FEED’EM SOUP ANNOUNCES OPENING DAY AT NEW LOCATION
Group will move meal service to new location beginning Oct 26th
Dekalb, IL – After nearly 6 months of renovations, Feed’em Soup
Community Project announced today that they will be moving their meal
service from the First Lutheran Church to the group’s new Head
Quarters located at 122 South First Street in Dekalb.
In May of this year, the group committed to rehabbing the kitchen
formerly home to the Fyfe and Drum and Matthew Boones restaurants. The
group is finally ready to launch what it has dubbed Head Quarters.
Feed’em Soup currently shares the space at 122 South First with The
Church In Dekalb; a partnership formed earlier this year that has been
beneficial for both growing organizations.
Feed’em Soup Community Project is currently putting the
finishing touches on its new location and hopes to get approval from
the city and health department by mid October.
“City officials and the county health department have been in several
times throughout the process and have given us advice and guidance to
ensure our kitchen meets and exceeds all standards.” said Building
Committee member David Marx. ”We’re incredibly thankful to have
people in this community so supportive of our mission and so willing
to give, whether it be money and food or wisdom and advice.”
The group is seeking donations to help put the finishing
touches on the building as well as buy needed materials to stock the
kitchen. The most needed items are stainless steel prep tables, wire
kitchen shelving and refrigeration as well as other kitchen equipment.
“The support thus far has been amazing.” said Matt Austin, Building
Committee Member. “We couldn’t thank our supporters enough, From
Target for their grant to help us finish the building to Waubonsee
College and NIU for volunteering and our local police departments for
running a food drive to stock our shelves. There have been some
amazingly generous people who have made this project possible. We are
forever thankful to truly be a community project.”
As of October 26th the group will be moving meal service on
the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from its current location – The First
Lutheran Church of Dekalb – to the new building. “We cannot thank
Pastor Marilyn Hanson, and former associate Pastor Roy Nelson of the
First Lutheran Church of Dekalb enough for giving us a chance and
helping us get on our feet.” Derek Gibbs, core volunteer said. “Their
faith in us was instrumental in seeing our organization succeed.”
Feed’em Soup will be meeting with the board in the coming weeks at the
First Lutheran Church to discuss ideas to make it a satellite location
for smaller meals or special one off events.
While the group plans for opening day on October 26th, they
intend to host their 2nd annual Thanksgiving Eve meal on Wednesday
November 24th and encourages all members of the community to join them
in their new home for an evening of friends and food with the Feed’em
“The great thing about our meals is that you don’t have to be ‘in
need’ to attend” Randi Kennedy, Director said. “We feed anyone in the
community… those that can afford it leave a donation and those that
can’t have no questions asked.”
Mission Statement: To provide meals, offer encouragement and support
and supply opportunities to those in need within our community.
Feed’em Soup. Feed’em Hope.
People wishing to get involved can register at
www.FeedEmSoup.org or contact the group at Info@FeedEmSoup.org or by
calling 815 310 0903. There is a donation bin for non-perishable food
items and paper products in the lobby of the group’s Head Quarters.
Larger donations can be made by contacting the group.