CONNEAUT — The community soup kitchen has a new home.
January marks the kitchen’s second month being hosted by the United Church of Christ after years at the Odd Fellows Hall.
The soup kitchen started 10 years ago and was originally hosted at a church before moving to the Odd Fellows Hall, Mary Lardi, an organizer of the event, said.
Last year, the hall was put up for sale and the soup kitchen had to find a new place, Lardi said.
Lardi thanked the Odd Fellows Hall for allowing the soup kitchen to operate out of the hall.
“They were great. We were so blessed to be there,” Lardi said.
The United Congregational Church of Christ, located at 211 Buffalo Street, has already hosted the soup kitchen once. Another one is coming up this weekend.
“They wanted to partner with us,” Lardi said.
The soup kitchen is open every third Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lardi said. The soup kitchen does not have an August date, because many of the soup kitchen volunteers help with D-Day, she added.
“Anyone is welcome to come,” Lardi said.
The dining room at UCC is impressive, Lardi said.
“If you had to dream up a place, that’s where we’d be,” Lardi said.
The core group of volunteers have remained the same, Lardi said.
Volunteers are welcome, Lardi said.
“We get kids doing community service,” she added.
The soup kitchen has sandwiches on home-made bread and a variety of soups every month. People who come to eat often go home with loafs of bread, as well, Lardi said.
The soup kitchen sees 35 to 40 people on average and has served as many as 80 people, Lardi said.