Can you believe that the Holidays are just weeks away? I’m not looking forward to all the shopping and gift wrapping. I have an answer for myself and for you. One-stop shopping at the Adams County Community Foundation “Giving Spree” on November 10th from 4 – 7 pm at the Gettysburg Area Middle School. At the Giving Spree, Adams County’s Non-profit Agencies will be available for you to speak with their representatives as well as to donate to the agencies as an alternative holiday gift for family and friends. Donna Mountfort, Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen Board Chair and Kathleen Redding, Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen Outreach Liaison will be at the Spree and look forward to seeing you there. Spree flyer
Donna Hare, Madam Vice President of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary 1562 Gettysburg presented a donation to the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen. The Gettysburg Woman’s Auxiliary was awarded a Charity Grant Request made to the State level of the Eagles Auxiliary; stating their desire to support the good works of the Soup Kitchen. The Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen is open every day of the year to serve mid-day nutritious meals to the needy in the community. Cathy Jo Young and Kathleen Redding, staff at the Soup Kitchen accepted the donation.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America declared this year that Sunday, September 15th a dedicated day of service titled, “God’s Work. Our Hands.” Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen benefited from this day by having a team of seven people use their elbow grease to clean our soup kitchen. Thank you Mary and Dan Altemose, Deb Mortland, Donna Mountfort, Martha and Roger Nelson and Shirley Sanders.
My husband and I recently returned from a ten day mission trip to the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota. Our group brought a semi-truck and two Penske trucks loads of food, supplies, clothes and furniture to distribute to the local Lakota people. They were so grateful and gracious for the things we brought and all the work we did while there.
There are hungry people all across America, yet not all are lucky enough to have a mission team or a soup kitchen to help them. Our community has been blessed by the generous contributions and volunteers of the local churches, individuals, and businesses that provide for the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen which enables us to feed those in need every single afternoon of the year.
Contributions also helps us with our food voucher program and pantry assistance. We can only provide these much needed services because of our loyal donors. On behalf of the many guests who benefit from the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen, we ask that you consider making a tax deductible donation to the Soup Kitchen.
Thank you for your consideration.
Kathleen Redding, Gettysburg Soup Kitchen’s Community Liaison
The Gettysburg Prince of Peace Episcopal Church held a pancake breakfast fundraiser to benefitted three local non-profit agencies. One of those agencies was the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen. The Gettysburg Soup Kitchen started serving lunches to the community’s hungry people in 1991 from the kitchen of the Prince of Peace Church. In 2011, the church purchased the Peace House on High Street and the Soup Kitchen was moved there. In its new home, it was able to serve lunches seven days a week, every day of the year including holidays.
As of April this year, the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen has served 238,550 meals. That is approximately 1,146 more meals than the previous year. These meals can only be provided to those in need through the generosity of the Prince of Peace Church and many other churches, businesses and individuals. In this picture is The Reverend Herbert Sprouse, Rector of the Prince of Peace Episcopal Church presenting the Pancake Breakfast donation to Chair Donna Mountfort, Director Jan Guillory and the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen Board.
The Ladies Auxiliary of the Gettysburg Fraternal Order of Eagles #1562 has donated the proceeds from their Game of Bingo to The Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen. The Gettysburg Soup Kitchen serves nutritious, hot, mid-day meals every day of the year to the hungry in the community. The Soup Kitchen is located in the Peace House at 22 High Street. In this picture from left to right are Diane Riley, Madam President, Cathy Young, Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen’s weekend manager, Cathy Kelley, Madam Vice President, Marion Gotwald, Third Year Trustee and Carole Eppley, Madam Treasurer. The Gettysburg Fraternal Order of Eagles donated over $230,000 to local charities last year. The Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen is one of the grateful recipients.
Sharpshooters Bar and Grille in Gettysburg hosted this year’s Chowderfest in a February snowstorm. However, the storm didn’t stop people from coming to their restaurant to taste competing chowders, soups and bisque from the approximately twelve restaurant contestants. Both the Judges’ Award and the People’s Choice Award went to Café Saint~Amand located at 48 Baltimore Street in Gettysburg. In the picture are Café Saint~Amand owner Jaime Synnamon, Manager of Sharpshooters, Michelle Liller, Board Member of the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen, Mary Daniel, and Café Saint~Amand Chef, Patrick Herl. The proceeds from the Chowderfest benefits the Gettysburg Soup Kitchen and we thank Ms. Liller and Sharpshooters for their generosity.
The Community Outreach Liaison for the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen met with the Arendtsville Lions Club members for dinner and the opportunity to talk about the Soup Kitchen. Kathleen Redding shared the history of the Gettysburg Soup Kitchen and explained how the need for their services have continued to increase since the first meal was served. On December 31, 2014, a total of 236,306 mid-day meals have been served to the Soup Kitchen guests since 1991 when the first lunch was served. Last year they served 15,541 meals; approximately 1200 more than the previous year.
The members of the Lions Club were interested to learn that the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen not only serve hot, nutritious meals every day of the year, it also gives food vouchers once a month to our regular guests and emergency groceries to supplement home pantries when they run low. Occasionally, representatives of other agencies make available to Soup Kitchen guests information about housing and employment, and offer limited medical services in adjacent areas of Peace House.
Alan Dudley, seen in the picture with Kathleen, explained to her that the Lions Club International is the world’s largest service club. They have clubs all around the world. The Lions are well-known for their work in collecting eye glasses and fighting blindness. The Arendtsville Lions Club is committed to providing support for their community. A portion of their support is with monetary donations which they raise from their restaurant at the Adams County Fairgrounds. This year they will donated approximately $15,000 to about thirty-five organizations including the Lions Club International endeavors such as the measles campaign. Members of the Arendtsville Lions Club provide on average 200 volunteer hours every month which includes such activities as road clean-up, visiting nursing homes, delivering blood for Wellspan, youth mentoring, Life Skills support, and Fire Company activities. The Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen is grateful for the generosity of the Arendtsville Lions Club for its continued support.
One of the local churches involved in this year’s Souper Bowl of Caring made it a competition between the Seahawks and the Patriots on and off the field. For the three weeks leading up to the game, Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church of Gettysburg’s youth, led by Carol Cogliano, challenged their congregation to donate food items in support of their favorite team – cans of tuna for the Seahawks and jars of peanut butter for the Patriots.
On the field the Patriots won the Super Bowl but at Christ Lutheran the Seahawks won 153 cans to 69 jars. However, the real winners are the guests at the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen. In addition to the tuna fish and peanut butter, the church’s Souper Bowl collected 597 other food items and $1200.
Before the Super Bowl, millions of people headed to the supermarket to buy tons of snacks to be consumed during the game. In our community there are hundreds of people that can’t buy snacks or groceries. However, on Super Bowl Sunday the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen was open and served a warm, nutritious, mid-day meal to all that walked through their door.
During the pre-Super Bowl week, many local churches, business and organizations held “Souper Bowl of Caring” food drives to benefit the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen. One of those churches was Lighthouse Baptist Church in Gettysburg. The minister of the church, Pastor Gray asked members of his congregation to bring cans of soup to worship. Pastor Gray’s daughter Chandra was inspired by her church’s Souper Bowl soup drive. She suggested to the Giant Food Store management, where she works in customer service, that the store should hold a “Souper Bowl” to benefit the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen.
At the Gettysburg Giant Food Store Souper Bowl, each cashier asked customers if they would like to donate canned soup to the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen. Each checkout line had a box of random soups that customers could choose from and add to their bill. The cans were put in a cart for the Soup Kitchen. At the end of the store’s Souper Bowl there was twenty-six boxes of soup donated to the Soup Kitchen.
The Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen is grateful to the customers of the Gettysburg Giant Food Store for their generosity. In this picture is the certificate of thanks to the customers of the Giant Food Store that is located at 44 Natural Springs Road, Gettysburg for the store’s successful Souper Bowl.