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The current stove at Trinity Soup Kitchen is 25 years old and has been repaired several times, according to The Reverend Elizabeth Miller, who coordinates the soup kitchen program. An anonymous donor has made a matching pledge in the amount of $8,000, which, if matched, will provide the $16,000 needed for a new Vulcan stove and some stacking convection ovens. The current stove at Trinity Soup Kitchen is 25 years old and has been repaired several times, according to The Reverend Elizabeth Miller, who coordinates the soup kitchen program. An anonymous donor has made a matching pledge in the amount of $8,000, which, if matched, will provide the $16,000 needed for a new Vulcan stove and some stacking convection ovens.
Bethlehem residents and volunteers George Kondash and Dan Bossert slice tomatoes and carrots for salads as Chef Jim Bologna oversees food preparation in the Trinity Soup Kitchen. “Replacing the stove would mean everything,” said Bologna, who cited inaccurate settings and uneven heating as huge problems when preparing 150 hot lunches each weekday. Bethlehem residents and volunteers George Kondash and Dan Bossert slice tomatoes and carrots for salads as Chef Jim Bologna oversees food preparation in the Trinity Soup Kitchen. “Replacing the stove would mean everything,” said Bologna, who cited inaccurate settings and uneven heating as huge problems when preparing 150 hot lunches each weekday.
PRESS PHOTOS BY DANA GRUBBMaria Nieves from Bethlehem, a three month AARP volunteer at the trinity Soup Kitchen, and first day volunteer Annabelle Torres from Whitehall, rinse grapes that will be included on the daily menu. PRESS PHOTOS BY DANA GRUBBMaria Nieves from Bethlehem, a three month AARP volunteer at the trinity Soup Kitchen, and first day volunteer Annabelle Torres from Whitehall, rinse grapes that will be included on the daily menu.

Soup kitchen seeks new stove - Serving up to 150 people a day, the heavily used 25-year-old stove and ovens are in dire need of replacement and the Trinity Soup Kitchen

Monday, February 13, 2017 by DANA GRUBB Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

The Trinity Episcopal Church of Bethlehem has operated its soup kitchen for 35 years and today provides a nutritious hot lunches for 150 people Monday through Friday.

Unfortunately, the heavily used 25-year-old stove and ovens are in dire need of replacement, and the Trinity Soup Kitchen has undertaken a campaign to raise the $16,000 necessary to replace them with a modern Vulcan stove and several convection ovens. That effort has been bolstered by an anonymous matching pledge of $8,000.

Each day about 10 to 12 volunteers from five area churches prepare lunch and another five volunteers pick up daily donations of food, much of it coming from The Fresh Market, located at the Promenade in Center Valley. Wesley Methodist, Trinity Episcopal, St. Andrews, Christ UCC and New Jerusalem are the participating congregations.

The Rev. Elizabeth Miller, who coordinates the soup kitchen initiative, explained that a number of repairs, and issues with pilot lights and uneven heating, are driving the need to replace the aging stove and ovens.

Soup kitchen lunches are provided to the homeless, working poor, the elderly, single moms, and those with mental health issues, according to Miller.

Anyone interested in supporting the Trinity Soup Kitchen’s stove replacement campaign can do so by sending a check made out to ‘Trinity Episcopal Church’ to Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 East Market St., Bethlehem, PA 18018. Note ‘Soup Kitchen Stove’ on the check.

Cash contributions are also accepted and should be directed to either The Rev. Canon Laura Thomas Howell or The Rev. Elizabeth Miller at the same address. Contributions can also be made on GoFundMe.com.