BENJAMIN PRIEBE The Standard
SCUGOG: The popular ‘Soups On Us’ meal program will return for its fourth season, on Thursday, Oct. 23.
The weekly, free, drop-in lunch will open its doors to the Port Perry community again this Fall, inside the Church of the Ascension hall.
‘Soups on Us’ is organized by a local Parents’ Support Group and five area churches. Volunteers from the churches and special needs adults will once again serve up delicious homemade soup, bread and dessert every Thursday, inside the Church of the Ascension, located at 266 North St., from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
While partaking in a hearty meal and friendly conversation is free of charge, the team behind ‘Soups On Us’ greatly appreciates funding and donations.
Kathy Payne-Mercer, leader of the Parents Support Group, said that “Soups On Us shows the true meaning of the word community. For everyone involved in the preparing, serving, and eating of the food becomes part of their town, and those living in it.”
The participating churches include Emmanuel Community Church, Hope Christian Reform Church, New Song Church, Port Perry United Church and Church of the Ascension.
“I know all the five churches are thrilled to offer such a concrete gift to the community, but we also enjoy creating a partnership in the kitchen with our new friends,” says Cathy Cooper, a ‘Soups on Us’ representative from Church of the Ascension. “‘Soups on Us’ will be a warm and welcoming place to enjoy a quick, complementary lunch, and to support some hard workers in the kitchen. We look forward to another season of great food, camaraderie, and community service.”
“Soups on Us” Mission Statement is “To provide an opportunity to develop skills and talents for volunteers from the community while sharing a wholesome lunch with the community.”
For further information, or to volunteer, please contact Kathy Payne-Mercer, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Cathy Cooper, by e-mail at email@example.com, and by phone at 905-985-3423.