Local churches are joining forces to feed the homeless by opening a mobile soup kitchen, called "Soul Soup Tri-Cities."
KENNEWICK, WA - Local churches are joining forces to feed the homeless by opening a mobile soup kitchen, called "Soul Soup Tri-Cities."
Organizers from Bethel Church in Richland came up with the idea in September 2013, after realizing the Union Gospel Mission was the only place in town that served hot meals to the homeless. They partnered with First United Methodist Church and Prayer Watch Christian Center, both in Kennewick, giving way to the mobile soup kitchen.
The group serves meals twice a week in east Kennewick; organizers say the area has the greatest amount of poverty.
"Kennewick is the largest city of the three cities and it also has the highest poverty rate of the three," said Stacie Landon, an organizer and volunteer at Soul Soup. "We really wanted to target this area to reach those single moms, those people who are falling just between the cracks--maybe they're not homeless yet, but they're one paycheck away from being homeless."
"Soul Soup" is steadily gaining traction, mostly through social media and by word of mouth.
"Just in the last couple of months, we've seen it pick up," said Tammy Hastings, an organizer and volunteer at Soul Soup. "We've had groups as big as 30, so it's been good. Obviously if you're homeless, you're life is not stable so you're not going to be at the same place, at the same time, every day."
"Soul Soup" is volunteer-based and donation-driven. On Mondays, you can find the group at Prayer Watch Christian Center, located at 602 South Washington Street. On Thursdays, they're at First United Methodist Church, located at 2 South Dayton Street. The kitchen is open from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
If you would like to donate food, the group has a Wish List setup at Walmart. You can also drop-off food at Bethel Church, located at 600 Shockley Road in Richland.
If you would like to volunteer, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find the group on Facebook by searching, "Soul Soup Tri-Cities."