The Soup Train
The Soup Train was begun through a simple conversation about the 60 people on the waiting list to receive Meals on Wheels. There was no money to add them to the weekly delivery of 5 frozen meals for those folks fortunate enough to be included. Tackling the problem head-on, a group of friends began Soup Train. Barnabas and generous checks provide the food. Volunteers meet each week at the old Yulee Elementary school kitchen and prepare the meals for the 28 neediest folks among the 60 who were not being served.
The Coalition for the Homeless is the sponsoring agency and the names of the hungry are vetted and prioritized by the Council on Aging. Once a week the 28 being served, receive two packages of frozen food, soup or a casserole, from Soup Train, delivered by the Council on Aging bus.
The goal is to serve the remaining hungry, now about 50 individuals. A Wal-Mart grant has been received and Soup Train volunteers are waiting to hear just how the grant will be used to serve those still in need. The amazing thing is that an individual can receive food for one year for only $104!