Troy soup kitchen ready to serve even more

TROY, Ohio (WDTN) – The goal is to end hunger in the Troy area.

“Unfortunately we have a lot of low income families who, if you offer them a free meal a couple times a week, makes a big difference in their budget and a big difference in their lives,” says Greg Taylor.

The former St. Patrick Soup Kitchen was located at a home on East Main Street near the church.

“Our old facility was antiquated, was not handicap-accessible, was not air-conditioned.  We could only seat 60 people,” explains Taylor.

But, the new facility on North Mulberry Street can now serve up to 120 people at a time.

The Hobart Community Kitchen was built using a $330,000 grant from the ITW Foundation, a Troy-based company.

The church was also able to match that from other community donations.

It will be open Monday thru Friday and the last Sunday of the month from 5 PM to 6 PM

The impact is already being felt.

“I’m thankful for anything because sometimes I may not have a meal and this place will provide it,” comments Gwendolyn Jones.

The soup kitchen is always in need of food and monetary donations, as well as volunteers.

Elizabeth Walker is one of them.

She says she knows what it’s like to be in need.

“When I was younger, we didn’t exactly have a lot of money and we had to rely on soup kitchens and pantries for help at some points.  So, it’s really nice to be able to give back and it’s really meaningful to me, just because, I know I was there at one point too and it’s nice to be able to help other people,” explains Walker.

And she encourages you to do the same.

“The people here are so appreciative and it makes you feel so good at the end of the day to be able to say that I helped these people and I’ve made a difference in their lives,” says Walker.

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