Individuals seeking shelter and food from the inclement weather Tuesday afternoon were directed by Cafe Central to find warmth at Northridge Campus Church, located at 555 N. Columbia St.
“Anybody who is in need can go to the church after 2 p.m. [Tuesday], and it will be open all night. We’ve let everybody know about the emergency shelter,” said Ann Bowen, director of Cafe Central. “We had about 350 to 400 people come out [Tuesday]. We thought the turnout was going to be a lot less, but it turned out to be like a regular Tuesday. We did have some people that I’ve never seen before, but that’s OK because everybody is welcome.”
Local volunteers served up a hearty meal Tuesday consisting of chicken and dumplings, fried okra, bread, tea, lemonade and dessert, and those seeking a hot meal also received gloves, blankets, bread, milk and boxes of food.
“We had a lot of children come [Tuesday],” she said. “We don’t want anybody to go without food in this cold.”
The soup kitchen serves up to 400 individuals with a free meal every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Freedom Church on Underwood Road with the help of volunteers and donations.
“I’m looking for two volunteers to work in the kitchen on Monday’s and Tuesday’s. I need people who like to cook and can help prepare food for Tuesday’s meal,” Bowen said. “I also need two volunteers to help clean up in the kitchen on Tuesday.”
Cafe Central is also in need of donations of various food items, including Vienna sausages, canned chicken and other canned products to give away to families who visit the soup kitchen and help keep the food pantry stocked. Donations of canned corn and green beans are not needed.
For more information about the soup kitchen, or to donate funds, supplies or food items, contact Bowen at 478-457-7213.