Please note, we have exciting news: The Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen has a new Post Office Box number. Prince of Peace Church was generously letting The Soup Kitchen share their postal box. However, 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.
Representatives from C.A.R.E.S, Survivors and the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen attended the Woman’s Club December luncheon and were presented with checks by the Board President Linda Sluck. The holiday luncheon was held at the Gettysburg Pike Restaurant and after the meal everyone was entertained by the outstanding men’s a cappella group, “Drop the Octave” from Gettysburg College. The Gettysburg Soup Kitchen’s Community Outreach Liaison, Kathleen Redding was at the luncheon to receive their donation from the Woman’s Club.
The Woman’s Club of Gettysburg, which began in 1921 as the Gettysburg Mother’s Club currently has 76 members. The Club’s stated objective is “to unite the influence and interests of women of Gettysburg and vicinity and to promote the civic, educational, moral and social welfare of the community with special attention to the problems of childhood and youth.” Each year the Woman’s Club awards scholarships to graduating seniors in the County schools who are planning a non-academic career. This year they provided $6000 in scholarships to high school seniors and $2000 to local non-profit agencies.
The Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen thanks the Woman’s Club of Gettysburg for their most generous contribution and for the good works they do for our community.
Kathleen Redding, the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen’s Outreach Liaison, had the privilege to meet with the Gettysburg Brownie Troop 80288 at the Gettysburg Presbyterian Church. The girls heard a brief history of the Soup Kitchen and saw some pictures of the Kitchen in action. Each Brownie had questions about the Soup Kitchen. Some questions were, “How did the Soup Kitchen got its name?” and “Where does the food come from?” The girls and Kathleen talked about people being homeless and under-employed. The Brownies showed sincere interest in how the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen is operated and expressed a deep interest in helping serve there some day. The Brownie Troop 80288 will be making diabetic desserts for the Soup Kitchen in January as part of their Philanthropic Badge. Attached is the girls’ thank you note for Mrs. Redding’s visit.
Rita M. Tuchalski, Sales and Marketing Coordinator and the Associates of the historic Gettysburg Hotel organized a Food Drive in December. All those involved in this food drive unanimously made the decision that all food from the drive would be given to the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen. The Soup Kitchen’s Community Outreach Liaison, Kathleen Redding met with Rita and the Associates in the Hotel’s foyer to thank them for their contribution to the Soup Kitchen.
In the winter months, the Soup Kitchen depends on the community food drives to supplement what would have been received from the summer and fall fresh produce donations from local gardens. If you or your organization would like to organize a food drive, please contact Kathleen Redding, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gettysburg’s Cub Scout Pack 79 just finished a Food Drive to benefit the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen. The Scouts placed door knob announcements on their neighbors’ doors and then went back the following week to pick up the donations. The boys gathered last week to count the canned goods and non-perishable foods they collected. The grand total was 510 items. The Pack leaders delivered the collected food items to the Soup Kitchen.
November 12th, the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen’s acting Board Chair, Donna Mountfort and our Community Outreach Liaison, Kathleen Redding staffed a table at the Adams County Community Foundation’s “Giving Spree” fundraiser. The event was hosted in the Ballroom of the Gettysburg Hotel. Fifty Adams County non-profit organizations were represented. Each had an area to showcase their organization and to answer donors’ questions. After donors made contributions to their chosen organizations, cards were sent to the gift recipients of their choice.
At last count, the Foundation’s “Giving Spree” collected a total $113,105 for the fifty non-profits organizations. A portion of this total will be matched by an anonymous donor. The Soup Kitchen will get a portion of the matching funds. Please check back to find out what our total gain will be from this wonderful Community Foundation fundraiser.
This holiday season, two local fitness facilities, CrossFit Gettysburg and CrossFit Hanover, are going to compete to see which gym can accumulate the greatest number of canned goods for their towns’ local Soup Kitchens. Their goal is to bring in more than 1000 lbs. of items to be donated.
“When I suggested having a canned food drive competition to CrossFit Hanover owner Dan Sell, his eyes lit up”, said Kathleen Redding, Outreach Liaison for the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen. “I got an immediate sense of enthusiasm from Dan, and knew this was a great project to benefit the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen prepare for its upcoming holiday season.”
The rules of the contest are simple. Each gym will accumulate as many “canned goods” and other non-perishables as possible during the week of December 1. To help accumulate the greatest amount of items, CrossFit Gettysburg will be recommending its members stockpile canned goods to donate after the start of their upcoming Nutrition Challenge at the gym. “This is perfect timing for us. Our upcoming nutrition challenge will motivate our members to clean out their cabinets and dig deep to find items to donate”, said Chris Kimple, CrossFit Gettysburg’s Head Coach. Kimple also plans to create a few offers on their Facebook page, Facebook.com/cfgettysburg, to encourage non-members to bring canned goods in.
CrossFit is a workout program designed to test and advance human capability, both mentally and physically. As a result, members of licensed CrossFit affiliates are usually fairly competitive. Competition sometimes goes outside of the realm of the Workout of the Day (WOD, for short), and sister affiliates CrossFit Gettysburg and CrossFit Hanover have decided to use their competiveness to help others in the area through the holidays this year.
CrossFit Gettysburg, a division of Gettysburg Strength & Conditioning, LLC, has been open since June 2013 and is located one block outside the square in downtown Gettysburg at 105 South Washington Street. Co-Owner and Coach Dan Sell can be reached at 717-451-5120 or via email at email@example.com . Head Coach Chris Kimple can be reached at 717-253-5315 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.