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Englewood Soup Kitchen Carries On Through Coronavirus Pandemic, But It Desperately Needs Your Help

"People still need to eat, pandemic or no pandemic," said coordinator Sheila Price. "And the people in Englewood don't have enough."

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ENGLEWOOD — With social distancing, shorter hours and staggered entry times, an Englewood soup kitchen is serving residents during the coronavirus outbreak, but it needs help to stay open.

Feed, Clothe and Help the Needy’s Englewood soup kitchen at 1234 W. 59th St. needs a host of supplies to continue to serve people in need.

“We are in desperate need of cleaning supplies, items for the survival kits we hand out and canned goods,” said Sheila Price, coordinator of the nonprofit known as FCHN her parents started 32 years ago.

A volunteer serves lunch at the Englewood soup kitchen run by FCHN, a nonprofit that has fed thousands of the city’s most vulnerable residents.

The kitchen is serving fewer meals during the pandemic — they’ve gone from 75 to 100 meals a day to 50 to 75 meals. To adjust to the crisis, staff and visitors are adhering to social distancing guidelines, staggering entry times and limiting meal times to 20 minutes.

Feed, Clothe and Help the Needy is also closing earlier, shutting its doors at 2 p.m. But closing the soup kitchen completely isn’t an option, added Price.

“People still need to eat, pandemic or no pandemic,” said Price. “And the people in Englewood don’t have enough. They work, but sometimes they need help filling in the gap for the essentials. That’s what we do.”

The organization is looking for people to donate: paper towels, bleach, hand sanitizer, rubbing alcohol, toothpaste, toothbrushes and canned goods such as green beans. Donations can be dropped off at the soup kitchen at 1234 W. 59th Street.

Those unable to make it to the soup kitchen with supplies are encouraged to make a cash donation either online or via snail mail. Feed, Clothe and Help the Needy also has a Cash.Me account to make transactions a little easier.

In the meantime, Price and her family, all of whom pitch in to help keep things running, will carry on.

“It’s in our hearts, in our blood. These doors are going to stay open, no matter what.”

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