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Soup Kitchen Needs Help in Berlin

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 BERLIN, Md.- A soup kitchen in Berlin needs help this winter as it struggles to keep up with high demand.

When the doors to Spirit Kitchen are open between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Wednesdays, it gets really busy. Vicky Nock, who manages the operation, said the soup kitchen serves nearly 100 people every week.

When the soup kitchen, located at the rear of Stevenson United Methodist Church at 123 N. Main St. first opened, Nock and her husband dug into their wallets to provide food for the community. 

"These are tough times that people are living through, and we try not to think about it as a handout, but a hand up," Nock said.

Connie Spence, who goes to the soup kitchen every week, said she depends on Spirit Kitchen. She is retired and on a fixed income.

"It helps me a lot because it gives me somewhere to go, and I get to meet different people," said Spence, who enjoys the social part of the experience.

When the soup kitchen opened four years ago, an average of about 27 meals were served per week. Nock tells WBOC that number has greatly increased, putting a strain on food and cash donations.

Nock said the soup kitchen partners with the Maryland Food Bank to buy food at reduced prices, but it is not enough to meet the demand for food donations, toilet paper, soap and paper towels.

Cheryl Dale, who uses the services, hopes people will help out.

" Even if they can't give a lot, just a small amount is a big help."

You can donate by calling the church at (410) 641-1137.

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