November 12, 2009
Soup Lunch spreads warmth and fellowship at Lees-McRae

Soup Lunch is having another successful semester here at Lees-McRae College. Each Wednesday during the semester Jim Taylor, Campus Chaplain, coordinates with the McRae House staff and college employees to provide homemade soup, bread, salad, and dessert to students, faculty, and staff for only a dollar.

"Students have also been doing some of the cooking this year. Julie Loveless' Tomato Basil Bisque has been ranked one of the top five soups. This is a wonderful time of fellowship and catching up in the midst of our busy week. I often hear students saying 'this is the best day of the week for me', and they really mean it!" said Jim Taylor.

Soup Lunch is a program started by former Lees-McRae Chaplain Rev. Kathy Campbell, and with the support of soup chefs in our campus community and local churches, we are able to provide a warming, wholesome lunch for a very low cost.

"I really enjoy the challenge and the joy of cooking soups and bread each week. As a child I grew up in a family with eight other children, and you either learned how to cook or went hungry," said Taylor.

The soup chefs make a little over 70 quarts of soup a week and Jim Taylor usually make eight large rounds of homemade bread. There has been a concerted effort this semester to offer a majority of vegetarian soups using ingredients from the College's Peace Garden adjacent to the McRae House, as well as local produce. "We think this is more sustainable and healthier for both the environment and the students," said Taylor.

There are many ways for you to get involved with Soup Lunch if you like. There is always a need for new soup chefs as well as numerous supplies such as paper products, spices, flour, fresh vegetables, soup bones (don't throw those ham bones away after Christmas!), as well as monetary donations.

Soup Lunch has been a real blessing to the college community, and we are now looking at ways to use this as a way to reach out to others in our local community. If you would like to get involved with this wonderful ministry, please feel free to contact Jim Taylor at 828-898-3142 or drop him an email at Soup's on!

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