“Georgia Power being here is important because through the summer we really struggle; the money we received has decreased tremendously. For Georgia Power to bring this many people in and pay for all of these people is just wonderful; I can’t tell you how much we appreciate it,” said Ann Bowen, Cafe Central director. “When I came in [Tuesday morning], Georgia Power was just working away; they didn’t even look up. It’s awesome to see people working wholeheartedly.”
Milledgeville resident Barbara Henderson has been a frequent guest at Cafe Central for the past month. Her first visit uplifted her soul.
“The community and surrounding areas can come here to eat free of charge; it’s a blessing to have this kitchen open. For me as a 65 year-old, I don’t have to worry about cooking on Tuesdays,” she said. “I would love to help out but I physically can’t. It’s a blessing these people help volunteer to help people that can’t help themselves.”
Various canned food items, flour, sugar and paper products, including paper towels and toilet paper, are needed to keep the food pantry stocked.
“Our pantry is very lean right now. We give away small cans to families, but we need No. 10 cans to cook with. If it’s green beans or any sides, it takes 20 of those No. 10 cans for one meal,” Bowen said. “We welcome the public to please come because we offer so much more than just food. It doesn’t matter how much money you have; you can volunteer, have a meal or talk to our guests and lift their spirits. It will make a huge difference in their lives.”
For more information about the soup kitchen or to donate funds, supplies or food items call Bowen at 478-457-7213.