Humboldt Soup Kitchen hosting food drive Saturday to meet greater demand

HUMBOLDT — An increased demand for its services has the Humboldt Soup Kitchen asking the public for non-perishable food items.

The soup kitchen is holding a contactless food drive on Saturday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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“Because of the consequences of COVID-19, our numbers have increased noticeably for people that require food – not only the meals that we prepare twice a week, but food that they can give their kids during the week on other days,” said Kari Cenciosi, the soup kitchen’s co-ordinator.

“People that probably never thought that they would use our service are in the position now where they need help.”

On Saturday, at the Community Gathering Place, sanitized tubs will be placed at the bottom of the ramp on the north end of the building that goes out to Seventh Street. Donors will then place the donations in the tub. When the tubs are full, Cenciosi will collect them and replace them with another set of sanitized tubs.

Cenciosi said if the weather’s nice, she’ll sit at the top of the ramp, thanking the donors.

The soup kitchen will also accept monetary donations.

As of April 7, the soup kitchen has been delivering its meals to its participants' doorsteps.

“I really want people to know that I'm proud to be working in a community like Humboldt because there's no other community in which I've lived – and I've lived across Canada – that has a heart like Humboldt,” Cenciosi said.

She said the Bella Vista Inn has donated prepared food for the meals, while BHP has donated sanitizer and disinfectant.

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