Soup kitchen bounces back after fire

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A Brownsville soup kitchen is offering more than a sack lunch to those in need now. For two weeks last month they were limited to what they could do after a storage unit started fire causing much of the Good Neighbor Settlement House buildings to be with out power.

But despite the set back they have continued to serve meals to those in need.

Around lunch time you’ll see a long line going into the kitchen of those in need of their next meal. Executive Director Ruth Hunter says those people are what makes her job worthwhile.

Now that the kitchen is up and running and Hunter says it’s all because of the community.

“It was heartwarming to see that the community cares about the Good Neighbor Settlement House and realizes the importance,” Hunter said.

But even with several donations from the community they are still low on a few items.

“What we could use now is all of our fresh produce. All of our fruits and vegetables had to be thrown,” Hunter said.

Besides needing fresh produce they are hoping to fix one of the two ac units that’s still not working in the kitchen.

“It doesn’t get cool enough in there because of the kitchen,” Hunter said.

Despite the hot kitchen they serve three meals a day for those in need, to a total of around 250 people. If you would like to volunteer or donate to the Good Neighbor Settlement House you can call 956-542-2368.

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