Nov. 21—100+ Women Who Care Vigo County recently awarded $9,400 to St. Benedict's Soup Kitchen.
The soup Kitchen, 111 South Ninth Street, serves hot meals Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Serving over 120 people daily, St. Ben's provides community members a place to enjoy a meal with dignity.
In October, the St. Benedict Church basement caught fire due to electrical issues. "The soup kitchen was closed for a week for cleaning and sanitizing," said Terran Williams, business manager of the soup kitchen. "All ducts, cabinets and rooms were professionally cleaned, and the electrical work has been brought up to code."
Thanks to the $9,400 grant from 100+ Women Who Care, as well as other donations from the community, St. Benedict's will be one step closer to purchasing a walk-in freezer, which will also help to avoid fires in the future.
"By installing a walk-in freezer, this will eliminate six noncommercial freezers that are in use now," said Judy Hogan, soup kitchen supervisor. "The freezer will have enough capacity to freeze our meats, fruits and vegetables. This will also make it easier to access our inventory."