Samaritan Soup Kitchen Serves Two Millionth Meal!
||Samaritan Soup Kitchen Serves Two Millionth Meal!
At lunch on Monday, November 24, 2003, the Samaritan Soup Kitchen reached
a milestone of service, recording its two-millionth meal served since the Soup Kitchen opened in 1981! This amazing
milestone happened only because of the enduring commitment of the community over the last 22 years, and by
the grace of God. Elizabeth West served the two millionth meal at about 11:20 am to Jose Guajardo. Ms. West was an original Soup Kitchen volunteer, who was present the very first day the Soup Kitchen opened 22 years ago.
Since that first day in March 1981, when 26 people enjoyed peanut butter and jelly sandwiches along with vegetable
soup, Samaritan Ministries has seen a dramatic growth in the number of people in need of a warm meal. In 2002,
the Samaritan Soup Kitchen served 129,919 meals, an all-time record. The Soup Kitchen is on pace to serve about
133,000 meals in 2003. Overall, the Soup Kitchen has seen a 26% increase in meals served since 1999.
The increase in the need for meals and shelter in our community comes
from the economy and job layoffs over the past three years. That's why the Samaritan Soup Kitchen is so important.
We provide warm meals, served at the hands of caring volunteers 365 days a year.
Those volunteers are a big reason why this milestone has happened. In an average year, more than 2,500 volunteers
will serve food and assist our guests in the Samaritan Inn homeless shelter. More importantly, volunteers provide
a comforting hand to those needing encouragement.
Of course, a wide variety of Churches, businesses, and schools, as well as committed individuals, have donated
money, prayed and served over the past 22 years. The stewardship of the community has helped so many people find
hope and healing in the midst of chaos.
To celebrate this community achievement, Samaritan Ministries plans a week of events to mark this
milestone. Starting on November 30, and continuing until Penny Campaign Collection Day on December 6, a series
of special events in the Soup Kitchen will thank our volunteers, encourage our guests, and raise awareness in the
community about the work of Samaritan Ministries. Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines has proclaimed the week of November 30 - December 6 "Samaritan Ministries Week" in Winston-Salem. Thanks to each one of you for your service to our Ministry over the years!