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
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.