The Warm Belly Kitchen has quickly become a hit in Kapuskasing. The soup kitchen serves lunch meals three times a month in the basement of the Food Bank. Organizer Amanda Rickard says since it opened in July, the number of people and families the kitchen has served has grown.
“We average weekly anywhere between 10 and 15 volunteers,” she said. “We went from about 10 eat-in and 90 take-outs to now we’re up to 25 eat-ins and we deliver about 250 meals every single week.”
Rickard says they were able to put on a turkey dinner with the trimmings at no cost to the kitchen.
“Everybody came together – markets are giving us their leftover vegetables they sell over the weekend that come to us,” she said. “There is leftover bread, restaurants are contacting us to drop off stuff that we could use.”