SUBURBAN SOUP KITCHEN SEES ATTENDANCE TRIPLE IN LAST 6 MONTHS
Grass roots organization serves growing number of needy
Dekalb, IL – It started over a year ago when Feed’em Soup Community Project President and Founder David Lumpkin got the idea for a suburban soup kitchen. David tells the story of waiting in line at the Wal-Mart in Dekalb, his home town, located 60 miles west of Chicago. In line in front of David was a man in his late 20’s, not much older than David, patiently waiting while the total of his bill climbed higher and higher. The man nervously counted his cash until the total exceeded what he was able to afford. The man could only afford one of the last two items in his cart – Milk? or diapers?
This experience inspired David to reach out to those in need within his own community. David began talking to friends and peers in his home town and rallied support to get Feed’em Soup Community Project up and running. Now over a year old, the organization feeds 150 twice per month at the First Lutheran Church in Dekalb, IL. Attendance has nearly tripled since the groups first meal in September of 2010.
In addition, the group operates a small food pantry and season clothing table. In 2010 Feed’em Soup has given away 15,000 cans of food, 5,000 pounds of fruits and breads and made over 1000 home cooked meals.
What: Free Community Meal
When: The 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Where: The First Lutheran Church of Dekalb, 324 North Third Street, Dekalb
If you’d like more information about FEED’EM SOUP COMMUNITY contact David Lumpkin at David@FeedEmSoup.org or by calling (815) 981-9285.
For more information on Feed ‘Em Soup Community Project, please visit www.FeedEmSoup.org