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Posted: Friday, February 17, 2017 1:00 am | Updated: 9:31 am, Fri Feb 24, 2017.

  Thanks to the help of our neighbors, with their volunteer hours and donations, the Homestead Soup Kitchen has successfully fed the hungry of Homestead and Florida City for 33 years.

  The Homestead Soup Kitchen served its first meal on Thanksgiving of 1983 and has faithfully provided meals three days a week for over 3 decades. Currently under new volunteer management, the Homestead Soup Kitchen prides itself on providing nutritious, savory meals in a clean setting while treating all of those who walk through its doors with respect and civility--no questions asked.

  Over 15,000 meals were served in 2016. And as the Soup Kitchen Director Jerry Cummings states, “Such an amazing feat is only possible through the generosity, hard work, and kindness of the volunteers, board members, and benefactors.”

  Last year brought changes. Long-time director, Ms. Juanita Smith, retired, and Cummings came on board. He, along with some the new volunteers, have been working on writing grants, increasing the volunteer pool, sta--rting a PayPal account for donations, and increasing their social media presence.

The ever-faithful Ms. Middlebrook is still overseeing the kitchen, and making sure a hot lunch is prepared and ready to serve every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

  The board members have been actively working in the community to make sure the little building on Mowry is remembered by our community leaders, local businesses and the residents.

  The Homestead Soup Kitchen is looking for assistance to continue to help others. There are a few ways you can help. For donations, you can send a check payable to the Homestead Soup Kitchen. Mail it to Homestead Soup Kitchen, PO Box 901180, Homestead FL 33090-1180. You can also donate by PayPal at their website,

  Volunteers are urgently needed for cooking, serving, pick-up and delivery from Farm Share, and cleaning. No experience is necessary.

  The kitchen is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with meal preparation beginning shortly after 9:00 a.m. Serving typically starts at noon and clean-up is usually completed by 1:30 p.m. Volunteer for one day, all three per week, or whenever your schedule allows. Invite a friend or a group to volunteer with you. Call between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on serving days for more information. The address is 105 SW 3rd Avenue, Homestead.

Homestead Soup Kitchen deserves your support to continue its mission of feeding the hungry in our community.

  "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much"--Helen Keller

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