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To Thee have I lifted up my soul (Introit – 1st Sunday of Advent)

The Scum of the Earth

Posted by james0235 on May 31, 2008

And I am most definitely not referring to the hungry and the homeless who are suffering because of this.

City’s busiest soup kitchen closed after copper thefts

Thursday, May 29, 2008 7:53 PM

By Rita Price

Copper thieves have shut down the city’s busiest soup kitchen.

“People will suffer because of this,” said Frances Carr, director of the Holy Family Community Kitchen and Pantry. “We serve about 5,000 meals a week.”

Two large refrigeration compressors, along with copper piping, were stolen over the Memorial Day weekend, Carr said today. The units were unbolted from concrete pads and hauled away.

Food soon spoiled, and the kitchen had to close by yesterday. Carr said she hopes to reopen on Monday, but she’s not certain she can.

The kitchen and pantry are at 57 S. Grubb St. in the Franklinton area, where crime is not uncommon. Still, Carr said, the kitchen never seemed to be targeted before. People respected the mission, she said.

“Maybe a broken window, or a little incident like that, maybe twice in 20 years,” Carr said. “ We’re close-knit here. We treat everybody like family.”

Holy Family provides a free, hot meal to anyone in need between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Advocates say Holy Family’s pace is probably matched or exceeded only by Faith Mission, which is open seven days a week at 151 N. 6th St. on the Near East Side and provides meals to both its shelter residents and walk-ins.

Vic Ward, interim executive director at Faith Mission, said their visitors increased some today. The Community Kitchen at 640 S. Ohio Ave. on the South Side also reported serving more meals because of Holy Family’s closing.

“We were up 50 or 75 people today, and we expect more tomorrow,” said Marilyn Oberting of the Community Kitchen. “We’re seeing an awful lot of people with incomes who still need to come here.”

Carr said she hated to throw away good food when so many are in need.

“It’s a great loss,” she said. “A great loss.”

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