Posted by Stateline Insurance & Financial Services, Inc. on
By Kim Cabral, Office Manager
Kim Cabral and her husband, Roger Cabral, prepare meals alongside other kitchen and wait staff volunteers.
For the past 3 years, I have co-chaired and coordinated the soup kitchen and food pantry held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Though our state has many soup kitchens that help those less fortunate, our “community lunch” program is not your typical soup kitchen.
Upon entering the dining area, our guests are seated at tables with family or friends. Our volunteer wait staff greet all guests and take orders, providing a similar experience to that of a fine restaurant. All meals are prepared by parishioners and volunteers, and we allow for several options to be ordered.
This past weekend, we fed 97 individuals and provided them with a trip to our food pantry. This enables people in need to “shop” for necessities from our shelves for their own households. All pantry items are donated by the community and through food drives held by local merchants, schools, and businesses. We do not obtain any of our food from the RI Food Bank; we are totally self-sufficient.
Our guests would go hungry and go without the necessities they need, if it were not for our community lunch and food pantry held the last Saturday of each month, when most people have exhausted their benefits. We have met people of all ages, and as the word spreads our need continues to grow.
Without St. Mark’s, almost 100 people would go hungry the last week of every month.
There is nothing more gratifying than watching someone enjoy a warm, homemade meal, and then go home with a few items to hold them over until next month. I would like to thank the Stateline Insurance staff for providing food donations and for volunteering their time to truly make a difference in our community.