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Blessings Soup Kitchen Serves the Community

Published: Jul. 29, 2021 at 6:47 PM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - Almost nine years ago Sheri Locke-Smith had a dream to serve the community. “I could see it, teste it and smell it” said Locke-Smith. She reached out to her neighbor Gary Smith for help. He became her husband as time went on while starting the soup kitchen.

When they first took a trip into downtown Ottumwa they saw the real estate agent putting signs in the window. The location was exactly how Locke-Smith imagined.

After the soup kitchen was up and running the number of people who came to be served grew to be 300 people a day. When Covid-19 hit the numbers spiked.

The people who come to be served are not the only ones who have been impacted; the volunteers have also been touched by the lives of others who walk through the door each day. “Working here has opened my eyes up to so many things and I have learned a lot about people and their circumstances,” said Maryann Long.

Blessings Soup Kitchen is also open for those who just want to eat and donate. Anyone who needs food can eat, but you can also support the cause by with a donation.

The soup kitchen is a place for fun. You not only need food for your stomach, but also for you heart and head.

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