By: Amber Stanton
Every day of the week The Soup Cellar in Columbia opens it's doors to people in need of a hot meal.
The Soup Cellar is actually in the cellar of Washington Street United Methodist Church in Columbia. Volunteers serve meals from 10:45a.m. to 12:15p.m. throughout the week.
Several churches and many volunteers run the ministry.
The Soup Cellar was opened almost thirty-six years ago on October 15, 1979 and operated on Mondays and Fridays. Fast forward to 2012, they have served over 52,000 meals to those in need.
Jean Kanes has been volunteering at The Soup Cellar for over twenty years. She says that interaction with those to come for a meal are what keep her coming back.
“Some people are so kind. They stop and they thank you very much, thank everybody who is volunteering for giving them a nice warm meal.”
The cellar gets food from Harvest Hope Food Bank through the USDA Commodities Program and the donated Food Program.
WSUM’s website additional notes food and supplies are purchased or acquired through donations.
If you would like to donate your time, food, or supplies Transitions, a homeless recovery program that works with The Soup Cellar, at (803) 708-4861 or visit their website at www.transitionssc.org.