FEED’EM SOUP MOVES INTO 122 SOUTH FIRST LOCATION
Group dubs location “Head Quarters” and continues renovation
Dekalb, IL – July 18th 2011. Less than 2 years ago a group of 20 citizens of DeKalb County embarked on a journey to change their community. Inspired but a downturn in the economy to give back to the city they were brought up in, Feed’em Soup Community Project was born. The group currently holds community dinners on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at the First Lutheran Church of DeKalb from 5pm to 7pm. Meals are free and open to anyone, regardless of need.
Earlier this year the group partnered with The Church In DeKalb to explore if the property at 122 South First Street – former home of the Fyfe and Drum, Matthew Boones, and Krystals Ultra Lounge – could once again be turned into a restaurant caliber kitchen, only this time it would serve free of charge to anyone regardless of need.
After almost 3 months of working with The City of DeKalb, local tradesmen and volunteers to decide if the 1,800 square foot kitchen could be brought up to code the group is ready to officially declare the building as “Head Quarters”
The renovation is well under way at 122 South First, being completed mostly by a skilled team of volunteers with involvement from licensed professionals when necessary such as DeKalb’s C&H Plumbing. “We’re doing most of the work ourselves and with our volunteers” Core Member Janna Mudlin said. “It’s rewarding to know that we aren’t just hiring people to do the dirty work. We’re all in here getting our hands dirty and we’re putting a lot of love into this building” she said.
While the kitchen is still under heavy renovation. Parts of the building have already been renovated and are currently used as storage and meeting space for the organization.
The group is hopeful to have the building open as a fully functioning kitchen with the potential for 3 separate dining rooms well before the end of the year, but progress is dependent on volunteers and donations.
The group is accepting donations of food, supplies, time and funds to help finish the kitchen. Donations of non-perishable food and paper products can now be dropped off in the main lobby at 122 South First street weekdays between the hours of 7am and 4pm and weekends from 7am to 2pm. Monetary donations can be mailed to the same address. Donations of kitchen materials, and building materials as well as people wishing to volunteer can contact the organization for more information by calling 815 981 9285 .
The group continues to hold meals at the First Lutheran Church of Dekalb, located at 324 North Third Street in Dekalb. Meals are completely free of charge and are held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 5pm to 7pm. The group invites anyone in the community to attend, regardless of need. There are donation baskets available – donations are welcome from those who are able, but donations are NEVER required.