TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) – Polly Smith with The Salvation Army in Tupelo cooks breakfast, lunch and dinner there daily to feed 150 people or so.
Smith said, “I serve chicken dressing, greens, cabbage, barbecue, and anything just about.”
Smith uses food that’s been both donated and bought using donations.
Major Sue Dorman says fund raisers like the recent Empty Bowls Luncheon help keep their kitchen and other services going.
Dorman said, “Fifteen dollars can feed our lodge and a person staying overnight for a day.”
The lodge that’s made for 19 currently houses about 25 people nightly.
The food pantry shelves also are able to stay stocked through the annual Empty Bowls donation.
Dorman said, “Our founder, William Booth, had a little slogan: Soup, Soap and Salvation. You feed them, clean them, and then you can talk to them about Christ. Someone hungry is not going to listen to you.”
Back to the kitchen, that’s exactly why Polly Smith says she tries to make the best meal she can for those who depend on it daily.
Smith said, “I try my best to be in a good mood so they can be in a good mood. There are a lot of people who come in who are in a situation. They’re still happy and that makes me happy.”
Because of the generosity of so many during events like Empty Bowls, The Salvation Army says it’s working to make sure no one has to face a day hungry.
Reported by: Robert Byers