Our story: More than 25 years ago, the Spirit of Faith Church recognized that there were a number of individuals, adults and children, in the Jacksonville area who did not have sufficient food and, therefore, needed assistance. Subsequently the Soup Kitchen was started to fill that need. It is a pleasant, warm, and receptive atmosphere where meals are served Monday through Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. Approximately 7,500 healthy, nutritious meals have been served at the Soup Kitchen during the year providing a balanced diet for numerous individuals in our area.
In addition to meals, the Soup Kitchen facilities have increased after-school activities for children with registration by their parent/guardian. Hoping that parents will also come to the facility on their day off, we want to provide an atmosphere of community and family involvement. We are providing a safe place for children to engage in music, drama, arts and crafts, and physical games as well as making tutoring available. Future planning is in progress for adult-activities such as make-up classes, learning more about child care, job-search, etc. as needs are noted.
The funding we receive from our United Way family allows us to provide well balanced meals to those in our community who are in need of such services. It also allows people who might not have much hope to gain it back. You might not imagine the impact one meal could make in the life of a person, but working at the Soup Kitchen we have seen lives changed forever. People who come in hurt and discouraged, in time return with a smile on their face and joy in their hearts. We are so thankful for the funding we receive from United Way because it allows us to feed those in need, open the door for smiles and change lives forever. Thanks to our United Way family for allowing us to be a Miracle for those in need through the funding we receive from you. Thanks to our volunteers who are a part of this miracle.
Our needs: There is a constant need for monetary donations to help supplement the many food and paper items that are needed. Our needs revolve around serving 40 to 70 people for supper each evening; therefore, we are in need of quantity items such as hamburger, chicken, turkey, ham, fish, gallon cans of vegetables and fruits plus vegetable oil, coffee, sugar, flour, butter/margarine, potatoes, beans, cheese slices, pasta such as spaghetti, tomato and cream of chicken soup, rice, cake and frosting mixes and cookies. We also need large quantities of paper goods. There is also a need for additional volunteers cleaning tables, scrubbing floors, playing games and reading with the children. Your contributions are tax-deductible since we are a 501c3 organization. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Pastor Polly Pulley at 217-371-6363.