I like to think that Camden is in the business of getting things done. We run into a problem and find a way to fix it. In a lot of ways we can relate to retired professor, Allen Saxe, who saw a great need in Charlotte and decided to take things into his own hands. Back in 2008, with an economy that took a turn for the worst, Saxe noticed a growing number of needy people out in front of a local Dilworth church. He could have kept going and felt bad for them, but instead teamed up with Pastor Jolin McElroy to start the Dilworth Soup Kitchen.
Relying solely on volunteers and donations, the Dilworth Soup Kitchen feeds around 200 people every Monday, supports two other local soup kitchens and when there is still food to share, it is donated to local group homes. From the very beginning, the Dilworth Soup Kitchen has been committed to serving real people with real food, nothing canned and a lot of fruits and vegetables.
Upon arriving to volunteer, it is clear that this is not your typical soup kitchen. Food is served on real plates, nothing disposable and not cafeteria style. Anyone and everyone are invited to come and enjoy a restaurant style meal, completely free. Volunteers wait on tables and serve fresh, healthy, home cooked meals just like in any restaurant. Much of the food is donated by Trader Joe’s, Healthy Home Market and other local restaurants.
It’s no wonder that we had such a great time volunteering at the Dilworth Soup Kitchen for two weeks in a row. When an organization does that much good for the community, you can’t fight that heartwarming feeling you get from helping others.
And since a picture is worth 1,000 words, this blog is about to get really long…