CAMDEN — The First Congregational Church of Camden is gearing up to once again host a community hot soup luncheon every Wednesday, at 12 noon, beginning October 30 and running through March 25, 2020.
Soup’s On! is a free lunch program that was started by the Congregational Church in the fall of 2005 as a community gesture to fight the winter doldrums while providing a nutritious hot meal to those in need, those who are lonely, and for those who simply enjoy the company of others while eating.
The meal is served in the church hall at 55 Elm Street, Camden. 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 accepted to help defray the cost of the food.
A weekly crew of 18 volunteers served lunch to an average of 65 guests each week during the 2018-2019 season. Now entering its fifteenth season, the program will be offered on nineteen Wednesdays, from October 30, 2019 through March 25, 2020. Due to the holidays, there will be no lunches served on November 27, December 25, or January 1. Any snow day cancellations will follow the Camden area school district.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to provide a weekly community gathering place, and we hope that everyone will feel comfortable coming to share some delicious, homemade soups,” said program’s ‘Soupervisor’ Debbi Hitchings. “Through the generosity of our loyal volunteers, other local churches and local food purveyors, this program has become a true mark of hospitality for our community.”
New volunteers are welcome to join the team as chefs, bakers, servers, wait staff, greeters, clean up crew, and musicians, according to Soup’s On, in a news release. Anyone and everyone – from all age groups and walks of life – is welcome to share in the lunch or help make Soup’s On! happen.
For more information about the program, to attend the Soup Making Seminar, and to volunteer, contact The First Congregational Church at 236-4821.