One of God’s Portion’s partner ministries, the Free Hot Soup program operating out of Gather Church’s Eat Free Cafe in Centralia, use fresh produce which volunteers turn into delicious, healthy soup served with fresh bread. All of the food and ingredients is procured from the God’s Portion warehouse.
Free hot soup is a project started by volunteers in Lewis County, originating with a teacher from Adna that handed out a pot of soup in October 2015 at Borst Park several years ago. The program grew and evolved into a Facebook group that got together volunteers to serve hot soup, bread, and later casseroles at the Centralia Train Station twice a week.
“About a year and a half ago, we approached the people at Gather Church and started serving there in October 2016 because they have a café on Main Street they’ve been operating, which we now serve out of,” one of the volunteers, Tom, explains. The number of people who dine with them range from 50-100 depending on the time of the month and the weather.
“We hope to attract more volunteers, including a coordinator,” Tom says. “We need someone who can be there Sunday evenings from 2-7 to prep food, and with that person in place I think we can attract additional volunteers to support that event.”
“These folks are at a place in their lives where they often need a roof over their head, and are looking for work,” Tom continues. “I think we’re here to make the world a better place, and I enjoy helping others,” he finishes.
Tom recommends anyone interested in getting involved should come to Gather Church’s Café on Wednesday evenings between 5-7 to observe, help out with a dinner, or learn about other ways to get involved. The Café is located in The Atrium at 408 W. Main St, Centralia. For additional information, please see Free Hot Soup’s Facebook group.