Hot Dogs are Good for the Soul

Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Norwich, NY sup-ports a program call Soul Kitchen, a seasonal monthly free meal for the community of Norwich. From Septem-ber through May each year, on the second Thursday of the month, Emmanuel volunteers prepare and serve a hot meal in the Parish Hall for any and all who show up. Some favorite menus are meatloaf & mashed potatoes, roast pork with vegetables, beef stew, and spaghetti.

In November, Emmanuel also sponsors a free turkey dinner with all the fixings on Thanksgiving Day. For this one, with delivered hot meals, take outs and those coming to the Parish Hall to sit together for the holiday meal, we serve about 400+ meals that day. The monthly dinners are only provided as sit down service, and serve from 50 to 100 people.

To fill in the gap over the summer, about four years ago we started the Soul Kitchen Hot Dog lunches in the summer months of June, July and August. Every Wednesday, outside on the sidewalk, at 11:30 AM we start serving free hot dogs, with a bag of chips and bottled water. Sometimes volunteers provide cookies or ice cream to share. Many regulars show up to visit and have lunch together, and we serve between 50 and 100 hot dogs each week. Only thunder, lighting and running out of hot dogs ever shuts us down.

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