Dilworth Soup Kitchen and Freedom School Partners

A Fond Farewell to Freedom School Partners and Welcome to Dilworth Soup Kitchen

By Beth Lee

Drop. Everything. And. Read. Isn’t that a wonderful invitation? Who doesn’t love to do that? The daily DEAR program was one of the volunteer opportunities members of the Dilworth Cares Committee enjoyed during the 2016 summer programs with Freedom School Partners (FSP). Our members and their families also participated in the HARAMBEE! morning pep rally at Pinewood Elementary School and the summer Scholastic Book Fair at Highland Renaissance Academy.

As you may know, FSP works hard to help bridge the summer learning gap by keeping children academically engaged throughout the summer months. We have been honored to work with the staff and Board of FSP during the last two years and with your help and support have been able to raise over $30,000.00 for the organization. Thank you for your continued support of the Dilworth Community Association, the Charlotte Art Collective, Dilworth Cares, and by extension, Freedom School Partners. As we say good bye to FSP, we hope you will remember this fine organization next summer when you are looking for volunteer opportunities.

Welcome Dilworth Soup Kitchen

Every Monday, at the corner of East Boulevard and Dilworth Road East at the First Christian Church, the Dilworth Soup Kitchen (DSK) serves a couple of hundred meals to anyone in need.

Since late 2008, the DSK has been staffed by volunteer cooks and waiters serving meals made from food donated by the many wonderful groceries and restaurants both here in Dilworth and around town. The DSK provides not only a warm, nutritious and delicious meal to their guests, but is also a source of stability and fellowship. The managers, Ben Hinchey and Mary Andujar, can tell you stories about guests who have frequented the DSK over the years and the loving, caring relationships that have developed over time. We are pleased to be working with the Dilworth Soup Kitchen for the 2016-2018 term. In the next few months, we will be telling you how you can get involved with the DSK by volunteering to serve lunch on Mondays, pick up food donations from stores and restaurants on the weekend, or simply making donations to Dilworth Cares to be passed on to the DSK. In the meantime, join us in welcoming the DSK to the Dilworth Cares team.

(Excerpt from September 2016 Quarterly)