Auburn church hosts benefit for food bank
Jan 26, 2013 (Opelika-Auburn News - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
They're serving up a sense of community that will hopefully grow into an annual tradition.
Beginning on Jan. 3 and continuing through April 4, the Auburn Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will host its "Soup and Bread" event to benefit the Food Bank of East Alabama.
During the 14-week event, which takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. each Thursday in the church's East Thach Avenue sanctuary, volunteers bring pots of homemade soup that is served along with bread to any in the community that wish to attend. If they are able to, diners are asked to make a monetary donation, which goes to the Food Bank of East Alabama, AUUF Rev. Diana Jordan Allende said.
Allende said she got the idea for the "Soup and Bread" meal after reading an article about a Chicago food writer who was freelancing at a bar and noticed onWednesdays that business was slow. The food writer contacted local chefs and others, inviting them to make pots of soup that whoever showed up at the location, could eat. The "Soup and Bread" name for the event is borrowed from a cookbook authored by Martha Bayne with the same title.
"It's almost a loaves and fishes story," Allende said. "Stepping out in faith, we want to trust that there will be enough -- and so far, there has been."
Allende said white chicken chili, potato and tortilla soups have been on the menu at past AUUF "Soup and Bread" events.
Over each of its first four weeks, Allende said that nearly 40 people have turned out for "Soup and Bread," with about $500 raised for the food bank.
While assisting the local food bank is important to the nearly 100-member AUUF congregation, also important of "Soup and Bread" is to create a sense of community around a shared meal.
"We need community just as much as we need food," Allende said.
Martha Henk, Food Bank of East Alabama executive director agreed with Allende.
"In addition to providing food, they (AUUF) want to create a sense of community," Henk said. "There is something really special when people sit down and share a meal together-- that feeds both body and soul!"
The Food Bank supplies 178 member agencies in a seven-county area with food.
For more information about the AUUF's "Soup and Bread" event, contact Diana Jordan Allende by phone at 334-501-8621 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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