Budget shortfall may close New London soup kitchen

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH)– The clock is ticking for a soup kitchen in New London that is facing the possibility of having to close its doors.

That’s because of a major budget shortfall which has a lot of people worried. The money is the major issue there but the other big concern is what would happen to the countless people who use this soup kitchen on a daily basis? Roughly 7,000 people a month come through the New London community meal center for lunch and dinner. Not to mention 10 new people, a day.

There are only 2 paid employees and some 350 volunteers. That’s where the issue comes into play. It costs $187,000 a year to keep the meal center running. However, because of recent repairs and less grant money coming in. there’s only $26,000  in this year’s budget.

To make matters worse — there are kids who sometimes come in on their own because they need something to eat.

“Sometimes they try to come in without parents you know. So you’re talking about kids that need to eat,” said Peta Madry, Kitchen Manager.

“The volunteers they volunteer their services for us from the kindness of their heart. We need it, we need it,” said Brian Chapman, New London.

So if this soup kitchen has to close its doors it would be detrimental to the entire community and so many of the families who’ve fallen on hard times.  Volunteers at the soup kitchen are now launching a mail campaign in hopes of drumming up support so they can keep the doors open.

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