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FUMC offers free soup kitchen

Thursday, March 11, 2004

Susan Schaffer serves a bowl of potato soup to a customer during the Brazil First United Methodist Church's free soup kitchen.

The Brazil First United Methodist Church is now offering a free soup kitchen every Wednesday to the Brazil community.

The soup kitchen was an idea brought together by the church's Explorer Sunday school class because members of the church were volunteering at the 14th and Chestnut Community Center in Terre Haute. While the class believes that the center is an honorable cause, they thought something similar could be done in Brazil to meet the overwhelming needs of less fortunate people.

The class decided on a free soup kitchen because it was inexpensive, simple, and easy to get donations for the menu which consists of soup, dessert, drinks and bread furnished by Spring Mill bakery. The weekly meal is the church's newest outreach program for people who are in need of a hot meal or are looking for a church to call home. The program also gives FUMC members a chance to eat dinner with someone else for a time of fellowship.

"Jesus said to take care of those that are poor and hungry," says Rhonda Alstott, the soup kitchen's coordinator. "It's easy for us to sit and not look at the poor but this is a way for us to come to them."

Pastor Tony Alstott sings praises of the FUMC family, "I've been really pleased with the support from the church family. It's been easy to get volunteers to cook and serve."

The soup kitchen is open from 4:30-6 p.m. every Wednesday in the basement of Brazil First United Methodist Church at 201 N. Meridian.

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