Food for the Soul Soup Kitchen Filling People with Food & Hope

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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) - The Morgan County Committee on Church Cooperation, or CCC for short, is helping those in need. The organization provides many services, including an emergency food pantry and soup kitchen.  But more importantly, volunteers say they also try to provide hope.

CCC is described as a magical place where people can come and get fed both physically and emotionally.

On the day WHNT News 19 visited the Food for the Soul Soup Kitchen in Decatur, volunteers were busy loading up plates of food for hundreds who came hungry. The menu consisted of spaghetti and several side items to choose from.

The Morgan County Committee on Church Cooperation established the Food for the Soul Soup Kitchen in 2009. The operation was small then, but now, the kitchen serves over 300 meals two days a week. It’s all prepared and served by volunteers.

"Our donations here are tremendous,” says kitchen manager Theresa Groves. “The support from this community is wonderful."

Groves says what they do goes beyond just serving food. One story in particular came to her mind about a man who was there eating a meal recently.

“I just walked up to him one day and put my hand on his shoulder and he just busted out crying,” describes Groves. “I asked him what was wrong. He said nobody has touched me in so long and it just brought me to tears. It’s good work that we do here."

The work thrives on donations and donations are in demand.

“That`s what keeps us running," says CCC Special Event Coordinator Sue Grumbir. “In the past year,  we’ve had an increase of 16 percent in the need for the soup kitchen itself. We’ve had a 62 percent increase of need in the food pantry. We’re not increasing donations as much as we are people that are in need."

With the need so great, a $319 cash surprise is gladly accepted.

“Thank you so much,” says Grumbir. “This will go a long way."

Grumbir says the Pay it Forward money will help with needs beyond food for the pantry and soup kitchen. It will also fulfill a need for clothing or in some cases, life-saving medications that people can't afford.

If you'd like to volunteer, donate or learn more about the Committee on Church Cooperation, please call (256) 355-8893. The office is located at 119 1st Avenue, Decatur, AL 35602.

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