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.
There will be over a dozen restaurants competing for the claim to the best chowder, soup or bisque in the area. The event will also feature entertainment, microbreweries beer tastings and they promise even more! A $10 donation lets you taste and judge all the competing restaurant’s creations.
Sharpshooters is located at 900 Chambersburg Road, Gettysburg PA 17325. Call 717-334-4598 for tickets. Their email is firstname.lastname@example.org and website is www.sharpshootersgrill.com. When you arrive, please look for the Gettysburg Soup Kitchen table and introduce yourselves. Kathleen Redding, our new Community Outreach Liaison and Donna Mountfort, Board Chairperson will be there to greet you.
Please note, we have exciting news: The Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen has a new Post Office Box number – 3445. Prince of Peace Church was generously sharing their postal box, but now we have our own!! Please address all your correspondence and contributions to The Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen, PO Box 3445, Gettysburg PA 17325.
On the website for the International Fraternal Order of Eagles there is a quote, “An Organization that Never Stops Giving.” That is certainly true of the Gettysburg Fraternal Order of Eagles, which donated over $230,000 to local charities last year. The Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen was one of the grateful recipients; receiving a contribution of $15,000 from the Gettysburg FOE.
Eagle board member Marty Slagle, seen at the far right of the photograph, told Kathleen Redding of the Soup Kitchen that he hand delivers all the Eagle contribution checks to the community agencies they support. Marty explained to Kathleen that the basis of the Eagles is to give back to the community and to help neighbors in need.
The Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen’s guests will greatly benefit from the generosity of the Gettysburg Eagles with the continued serving of hot, nutritious mid-day meals every day of the year as well as the availability of free health checks, referrals to housing and job search services, and groceries to supplement their home pantries.
The Gettysburg Fraternal Order of Eagles is part of an international non-profit organization that has been in existence over a century. There are over 1600 FOE location throughout North America and together they raise nearly $10 million a year. The Gettysburg FOE is located at 61 North Fifth Street, Gettysburg PA 17325.
Only one and a half weeks until the New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks in the 2015 Super Bowl on February 1st. If you are already involved in a Souper Bowl event with your group or church, good luck in making this a record year of donations. If you aren’t involved in a Souper Bowl event, don’t fumble like Green Bay, start your own event and gather canned goods and financial contributions to benefit the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen and be a winner in the fight against hunger.
Last May, Kennie’s Market in Gettysburg started their 17th Annual Community Treasures Award Program. Through the program, each time a shopper presents their Preferred Shopper Card at the store, the shopper’s predetermined non-profit agency becomes eligible for a percentage of the next six months’ purchases.
Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen’s Board President, Donna Mountfort accepted the check for their agency’s share of the Community Treasures Award from Kennie’s General Manager, Rocky. Last year the Gettysburg Soup Kitchen received $500. This year their share of the Community Treasures Award was $899.
In May 2015, the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen supporters will again be asked to participate in the Kennie’s Market 18th Annual Community Treasures Award.