Chickasha Soup Kitchen seeking dash of volunteers, donations

The Chickasha Soup Kitchen is in need of donations and volunteers. Donations may be made via Paypal at www.chickashasoupkitchen.org. To volunteer when the soup kitchen opens, please call 405-224-6372. 

It started with a peanut butter and jelly ministry at First Christian Church. 

The church began putting peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in a cooler outside, with a sign offering a sandwich to hungry passersby. 

Rev. Michael Oberlander said sometimes they would go through 50 sandwiches in a day, especially near the end of the month. 

At one time, Cornerstone Church fed residents a daily meal. But this resource was lost after the church closed and Rev. Bill Nunley passed away.

Oberlander reached out to local churches to brainstorm a way to meet this need. Representatives from 10 of these recently formed the Chickasha Soup Kitchen Board. 

The board has teamed up with the Resurrection House, which offers shelter to people experiencing homelessness in Chickasha. The soup kitchen will use the Resurrection House cafeteria to feed hungry people in Chickasha, as well as the Resurrection House residents. 

Since then, the Chickasha Soup Kitchen Board has been busy making repairs and alterations in order to serve as many people as possible. An electrician has volunteered his time. Oberlander said the City of Chickasha has been working with the Chickasha Soup Kitchen Board in getting everything up to code. 

When the Chickasha Soup Kitchen opens, Oberlander said they will serve a meal at noon on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. He said at some point they hope to expand to five days a week. 

In the meantime, the Chickasha Soup Kitchen is in need of donations and volunteers. Donations may be made via Paypal at www.chickashasoupkitchen.org. Those who want to volunteer their time may call the Chickasha Soup Kitchen's volunteer coordinator at 405-224-6372. 

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