'Soup's On!' for eighth year in Camden
CAMDEN - The First Congregational Church of Camden will once again host a community hot soup luncheon every Wednesday from 12 p.m. 1 p.m., beginning October 31. The meal will be served in the church hall, located at 55 Elm Street. The soup lunch features a choice of two homemade soups (one vegetarian), bread, dessert, and coffee or tea. Diners are often treated to musical accompaniment from a variety of local talents. There is no charge for the meal, though donations are gratefully accepted to help offset the cost of the food.
The free lunch program was started by the Congregational Church in the fall of 2005 as a community gesture to fight the winter doldrums, and provide a nutritious hot meal to those in need, those who are lonely, or for those who simply enjoy the company of others while eating. A weekly crew of 18 volunteers served a total of 1621 meals during the 2011-2012 season. Volunteers served as chefs, bakers, wait staff, greeters and clean up crew. In all, some 60 people gave of their time to make the lunches a success.
The soup luncheons will run weekly through March 27, 2013. There will be no lunch on November 21 or December 26. Any snow day cancellations will follow the Camden area school district. The luncheons are open to the public, and anyone is welcome to share in the lunch or to help volunteer. For further information, please contact the Congregational Church office at 236-4821.