Providence Soup Kitchen Prepares To Serve Holiday Meal To Hundreds

Nov 26, 2014

Amos House, a social service center in Providence, hosts the largest regular soup kitchen in the state. On Wednesday, the center's meal will serve turkey and all the trimmings to between 500 and 700. 

It’s a tradition at Amos House, to serve the turkey, potatoes, cranberry all on the day before the holiday.  That’s because, other places will offer the Thanksgiving meal on the actual day, so Amos House decided why not give the needy a nutritious meal the day before?

Development director Jessica Salter said the Thanksgiving meal costs a little more than the one they serve every day, and that extra cost is worth it.  “People who might normally feel fairly invisible, providing them with a really special day, and letting them know that they are loved, they’re appreciated, we’re thankful for them.”

Salter added that donations of time and food always increase during the holiday season.  She said the outpouring of community support during the holidays is humbling.  “We love that.  We also take that as an opportunity to remind people that we feed year round, and those needs, while they are great during the holidays, are not seasonal,” said Salter.

A new study conducted by the Rhode Island Community food bank finds that one in seven Rhode Islanders don’t have regular access to nutritious food.

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