During the holidays everyone is in the mood for giving. Why not lend a hand to an amazing local organization that daily feeds a hot healthy meal to over 400 of Orange County's poor, mentally challenged, senior citizens, homeless families and unemployed? Someone Cares Soup Kitchen has been quietly doing just that for over 25 years.
I've spent a few days at Someone Cares during lunch service and I was struck by the precision in which the facility operates. All the donations--ninety percent of the food is donated by Trader Joe's--are used in meals or given away as "take aways" to the needy. Nothing goes to waste, they use everything they receive.
I was also blown away by the number of senior citizens who line up daily for a free hot meal. In all honesty, I was expecting most of the people to look like a cliched homeless person--ragged clothes, unshaven, dirty. But that's not the case with at Someone Cares. A majority of the regulars are senior citizens who have outlived their savings. "They just can't afford to live on what they have due to high medical expenses, illness or loss of a partner," Corey Donaldson, who leads the holiday campaigns for Someone Cares Soup Kitchen.
Further changing my idea of what I'd find at a Someone Cares was the overall cheerful and gracious attitude of people not only working there, but even the folks there for help. "I've never had a bad meal here, it's always good," said one older gentleman. Meatloaf, pasta with vegetables, all kinds of soups, the variety of food and the level of culinary quality is extraordinary.
Someone Cares Soup Kitchen is a safe place for Orange County's most needy to come for help in respectful and warm atmosphere. You can find out more by checking their web site, here.
How can I help?
Food donations are always welcome, but their biggest need is spices and disposable serving ware.
You can donate in amounts as small as $40, which will supply about 30 healthy meals. Click here for details.
You can come down to the kitchen and see for yourself how wonderful their program is, click here for volunteer information.
Donate warm coats and gently used clothes, click here for details.
For the holidays, the Soup Kitchen fills hundreds of backpacks and distributes to the needy in our community. To help spread holiday joy, you can make a donation here.
If you'd like more information you can email the Soup Kitchen at: INFO@OCSOUPKITCHEN.ORG