Friday, December 21, 2007

Super meals served for a decade

Express Staff Writer

The ?Souper? ladies prepare another free meal Monday at the St. Charles Catholic Church parish hall in Hailey. Photo by Willy Cook

For a decade, a group of dedicated volunteers has been making dinner twice a week at St. Charles Catholic Church parish hall in Hailey. The group celebrated its 10th birthday Monday, Dec. 17, with a special meal and dessert.

The Souper Supper was conceived in 1977 by a group of multi-faith women—Margie Hill, Ragna Caron, Lynn Flickinger, Joan Anderson, Celia Streit, Tara Martin, Elizabeth Larroquette and Cindy Jesinger—who wanted to provide hot meals for those in need.

Since then, more than 30,000 family-style meals have been served on Mondays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. Roast turkey, lamb stew, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti and rice with chicken breast are some of the entrees. And a salad, vegetable dish and bread are always part of a Souper Supper.

The Steering Committee now has official nonprofit status. Donations for the organization come from various fund-raising efforts, including the recent Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot. Various groups come in to help the "Souper" ladies. They include school groups, those doing community service and the Blaine County Teen Auxiliary Council.

To make a tax-deductible donation, send a check to Souper Supper Dining Room Inc, Box 4197, Ketchum, ID 83340.

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