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Susanna’s Kitchen to celebrate 30 years of service

Local soup kitchen in Elkhart has been providing meals for 30 years.
Posted on July 2, 2012 at 1:00 a.m.

ELKHART — Susanna’s Kitchen will celebrate its 30th year of operations with a small celebration on Friday.

Richard Osborne, treasurer, said cake and ice cream will be served during lunch, but don’t look for lots of frills.

The kitchen’s operating budget is tight and the focus remains on providing food rather than expending money on a celebration, Osborne said.

If organizers are lucky, cake for the party will be donated by a local grocer, Osborne said.

The soup kitchen, located in the basement of First Congregational Church of Elkhart, 431 S. 3rd St., provides free lunches weekdays at 11 a.m.

The program relies on the support of 20 area churches, which provide volunteers.

More than 20,000 meals were served in 2011, Osborne said.

The number of meals served daily varies, but occasionally reaches close to 100, Osborne said.

He estimated the kitchen serves people living within about a mile of the church.

Invitations for the party were sent to more than 100 people, he said.

After the brief reflection on the kitchen’s legacy, though, supporters of the kitchen will continue to focus on collecting more donations.

The annual canned food drive by the U.S. Post Office saw a decline in donations earlier this year.

The kitchen relies on the canned food drive and will likely begin running low on food soon, Osborne said.




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