Helping at the holiday and beyond

Eighth-grade students at St. Athanasius School recently collected more than 24 boxes of non-perishable food items and supplies for the local soup kitchen, Soup at Six.

Located in the basement gym of the Hemenway United Methodist Church at 933 Chicago Ave., Soup at Six, which opened in 1983, provides dinner and a sack lunch for more than 100 hungry guests every Tuesday evening. In addition to collecting food, many St. Athanasius students also volunteer at Soup at Six. Shown gathering the collected food and supplies at St. A’s are (l to r):  Molly Braasch, Brittany Giacomo, Mary Lee, Colleen Wiechart and Carolyne Reynolds. (Photo by John Regnier)

While the eighth-graders were working to stock the pantry at Soup at Six, more than 50 Evanston Township High School students showed up before school on Nov. 15 to make pies for the soup kitchen’s Thanksgiving dinner. ETHS Community Service Club members made 15 pumpkin and apple pies in the school’s instructional culinary kitchen after the Soup at Six volunteer coordinator mentioned needing pies for the holiday.

Two Tuesdays a month, the ETHS Community Service department brings student volunteers to the soup kitchen to help serve warm meals to the area’s hungry. Soup at Six is one of several soup kitchens and food pantries that feed hundreds of people in Evanston each month.