Downtown Soup Kitchen Moving Into Larger Facility
Kitchen offers food, showers for homeless, working poor and families
ANCHORAGE - September is “Hunger Action Month” in Alaska and for the last few weeks we’ve been profiling places that make it their mission to make sure that no one goes hungry. The Downtown Soup Kitchen in Anchorage has been doing that work for nearly 20 years.
On a day in late September the lines of hungry people waiting for soup and a sandwich are particularly long. On this day more than 400 people will be served. Workers aren’t surprised, the lines are always longest at the end of the month when any money these people might have had is usually long gone.
The Soup Kitchen serves a midday meal five days a week. The food is donated and goes to all ages of homeless people, the working poor and their families. Janice Spray has been volunteering at the Kitchen one day a week for the last four years. She said a show of gratitude is one reason she comes back.
“I mean they'll say thank you and God bless you and have a good day,” said Spray. “They are people, they're just homeless.”
The kitchen offers more than just food, there are also a small number of showers and a closet of donated clothes. Soon they will have a lot more. Possibly as early as next month the kitchen will be moving to a brand new building with room to grow at Third and Cordova.
The hope is that a new location can offer more than just a hot meal. The plan is to make it more of a community center that include everything from a medical clinic to counseling services.