Soup’s On, a local nonprofit organization that provides a free dinner to any member of the community every Sunday evening at the Cottage Grove Community Center, typically serves between 50-60 dinners every week and also provides a bag lunch for patrons to take.
The program is completely reliant on donations and volunteers for all aspects of its operation.
Recently, volunteers found themselves in desperate need of a new refrigerator. Soup’s On approached Emerald People’s Utility District (EPUD) about possible grants or assistance to purchase a new refrigerator.
EPUD quickly responded with an offer to purchase a new, energy efficient refrigerator for the program.
The donation not only allowed the community program to continue operating “but what is even more compelling is that Soup’s On is outside of the EPUD service area,” said the program’s kitchen manager Karen Burrece. “After delivery of the fridge, we were delighted to be able to host two members of EPUD at our dinner on May 19.”
Power Manager Kyle Roadman, who also brought his family, and EPUD Public Relations Coordinator Patty Jo Angelini each joined volunteers at the May 19 dinner.