Salvation Army Feeding More People At Soup Kitchen

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A hot meal. That's what brings people in need to the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen in Watertown.

What makes them stay is the conversation.

"Being able to eat a meal with someone else, to be able to talk over a meal," said Lt. Summer Hough of the Salvation Army.

But lately a rise in demand has made it tough for the soup kitchen to keep up.

"Up until about three months ago, we were serving on average about 80 people in our soup kitchen and in the last couple months ,it's actually gone up into the 100s," said Hough.

Why the increase?

One reason - temperatures are dropping outside.

Another - it's the holidays.

"Over the holiday season, people don't want to be alone and that's part of it is coming here they have someone to eat with," said Hough.

To keep up with demand, the Salvation Army is relying on donations of food, money and even paper plates.

"We are finding ourselves more in need of paper products like cups, bowls, silverware, napkins - that type of thing," said Hough.

If you'd like to make a donation, you can call the Watertown Salvation Army at 315-782-4470 and help keep food on the table.

"It's really great coming here to get a warm meal. With today's economy the prices being what they are, it's very hard to get a nutritious meal," said Harold Kelley, who relies on the soup kitchen.

"That may be the only meal they had today and it feels good to know that I helped to fill their belly," said volunteer Wanda Thompson.

A full belly and a happy heart are what the soup kitchen is all about.

Friday, October 24, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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