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Idaho Falls Soup Kitchen serves 1 millionth meal

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) – The Idaho Falls Soup Kitchen, which has been serving the community for nearly 40 years, will celebrate the serving of its one millionth meal on Thursday.

This milestone reflects the dedication of the Soup Kitchen's founders, volunteers and supporters in its effort to disrupt hunger and enhance the lives of eastern Idahoans in need.

Although there is no way of determining exactly which meal will be the millionth, the Soup
Kitchen’s records indicate it will be sometime close to Feb. 29.

Since its founding in 1985 as the Christian Sandwich Kitchen in the basement of St. Mark’s
Episcopal Church, the Soup Kitchen has freely served individuals and families who face food
insecurity in the Idaho Falls area. When St. Mark’s and St. John’s Episcopal Church merged in
October 2003 to become St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, the Soup Kitchen was able to expand to
its current location at 301 South Boulevard.

Seven days a week, the Soup Kitchen serves free hot lunches to people who might otherwise go hungry. The dining room offers a place for people who spend much of their time adrift and alone. Many friendships have come about as the result of people eating together in a place where they are waited on with dignity and caring. Likewise, volunteers have a unique opportunity to learn the joy that comes from serving others.

“This could not have happened without the tremendous community support we have received,” Soup Kitchen board of directors president Kris Smith said. “Our volunteer teams come from churches, service organizations, clubs, and businesses. Reaching one million meals is a testament to the incredible compassion and commitment of everyone involved. When we come together with a shared purpose, we can achieve incredible things.”

The Idaho Falls Soup Kitchen looks forward to continuing its vital work. Volunteers willing to donate their time and expertise are always welcome, as are financial contributions and gifts. To learn more, click HERE.

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