Community kitchens suffer during pandemic; how you can help

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SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – Soup kitchens and nonprofits that typically feed the community are suffering because they are not receiving their normal amount of donations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lou Sartor with Spartanburg Soup Kitchen said she typically receives canned vegetables and non-perishable items, meat or financial donations from schools and students working on community service projects.

She said it was common to see college and high school students holding canned food drives or community donation events, but without classes the level of donations is dangerously low.

Sartor said financial donations would be the most helpful to local community kitchens. They are also in need of non-perishable food items, canned vegetables and meat donations.

Soup kitchens and nonprofits also have the heavy financial burden of purchasing cleaning supplies and to go containers, she said.

She also said because they cannot open their doors, guests must eat outside of the facility and at a distance.

To donate to the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen, visit their website or give to your local community soup kitchen

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