For 23 years the Sonshine Soup Kitchen has been ministering to the needs of our Greater Derry community by serving free hot meals in a spiritually uplifting environment to anyone who enters our facility. Although our kitchen facility has been provided by the First Baptist Church of Derry, the Sonshine Soup Kitchen still incurs operating expenses for the rental of office and storage space, as well as utilities for both locations.
Over the years services have been added: a clothing closet, Bible study, emergency needs care and a fund to help with transportation to a homeless shelter. With the addition of these services, as well as an increase in the number of guests served each day, the Sonshine Soup Kitchen has outgrown its current space.
There’s an old saying: “How does one eat an elephant?” The answer is: “One bite at a time!”. Citing a burgeoning guest population and woefully inadequate storage and office facilities, the Board of Directors, staff and volunteers of the Sonshine Soup Kitchen will launch a drive to fund a new home Thursday, February 7th
Dubbed the 50-50-50 campaign, the drive will seek fifty organizations to raise or donate $1,000 each in fifty days to match a local grant before April 1st. A local organization has offered a matching grant if the Soup Kitchen can raise $50,000.00 before April 1, 2013.
The kickoff, spearheaded by volunteers Jean Roalsvig of Derry and Joanne Packard and Jean Manley of Londonderry, will take place in the lower level of the First Baptist Church, 44 East Broadway, Derry, at 6:30 p.m.
Leaders and members of groups from the Greater Derry area are encouraged to attend this first phase of SSK’s “Build to Feed” event, which will offer light refreshments and door prizes.
The Sonshine Soup Kitchen served an average of 60 meals to 40 guests five nights a week in 2012, and also provides take-home breakfast supplies, a seasonal clothing cupboard; emergency needs care and other support.
The goal of the Sonshine Soup Kitchen is to identify the 50 groups before February 1, and have the fundraising completed 50 days later on March 22. This will insure our earning the $50,000 match before the deadline. Local organization are considered part of the foundational support of the Soup Kitchen ministry . Because we know your passion for our ministry, we are asking if your group would take part in our first fundraising effort. If you are not able to commit to raising $1,000, please consider a smaller donation, or let us know how you would like to be included. Please RSVP: SSKbuildtofeed@myfairpoint.net