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Anniston Soup Bowl Breaks Ground

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Since 1984, staff with the Anniston Soup Bowl has been feeding the hungry in an old building. 

"  We are in a house that is over 117 years old," said Kim Beckett, Executive Director of the Anniston Soup Bowl.

On Monday morning, dozens gathered as supporters of the soup kitchen broke ground on a new facility that will expand the organization's outreach efforts and feed more people.  

"We have simply outgrown the space and plus its in major need of repair," said Beckett.  

Staff say the current facility is cramped and makes serving the hungry challenging.  Even as the economy improves, officials say the need for organizations like the Anniston Soup Bowl is on the rise.  Staff, with the organization, say many of those who receive meals are working poor and people faced with having to choose between paying bills or buying food.  

" We have folks tell us daily that this is the only meal they get each day. Unfortunately, we only serve Monday through Friday.  So, they do not eat from Friday until Monday when we open back up at 11:30," said Beckett. 

Churches of various faiths and denominations, grants, and private donations made the new building possible. 

The new facility will be located a block from the current one. 

 

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