Help our community — save our soup kitchen.

I talk to a lot of people in my work. Many social problems, including those my clients experience, share a common thread: a lack of safety. A job that pays enough to live on, an apartment safe enough to dwell in, enough heat to survive the winter.

But above even those basic necessities is the need for food and fellowship. Sacred Heart Soup Kitchen provides both.  Our community needs to continue to provide food and fellowship because otherwise spirits soon will join bodies in starvation.

Last year, a friend of mine stepped up in Winthrop to help save their soup kitchen. Today, it is thriving and continues to serve the local community. Now more than ever, people are taking notice in his community that hunger is a problem that has no place in America and should be eradicated.

I agree wholeheartedly. One in five children in Maine goes to bed hungry every night. What I hope is that the recent reporting in the newspaper wakes everybody up. I didn’t need the soup kitchen, and it seemed to be doing okay, so I just donated some canned goods like many people do. Clearly they need our money, too.

I don’t have a lot of money. I need to be able to feed myself, but I’ll forego a little food to ensure that someone else can eat. I’m sending money to the Sacred Heart Soup Kitchen, at 70 Pleasant Street, Waterville, ME 04901. I hope others will too. If we cannot help the least among us then we’ve lost our way.

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