JAMESTOWN – A Jamestown area soup kitchen reopened their dining room this month after it was closed for over a year due to the pandemic.
Earlier this month, the St. Susan Center slowly began to reopen their indoor dining operations after providing much needed takeout services last year.
The center’s executive director, Bonny Scott-Sleight, says her volunteers were not able to serve the same level of food during the pandemic, only offering sandwiches and easy to-go options.
While Scott-Sleight says she doesn’t know what the future will hold, with COVID-19 Delta Variant concerns on the rise locally, she feels this is a needed step forward.
“Right now, it’s about 70 to 100 people a day, depending on the weather, depending on the mood of someone if they want to come down, which has always been the case because anyone can come here,” said Scott-Sleight. “I do think that we are still responding to a need in Jamestown, which is that people are hungry, and when they are hungry, they need the soup kitchen.”
The charitable organization is supported by donations from local businesses, like unused food from a restaurant or store, and operated by volunteers.
Scott-Sleight says that over the past few months, she has seen an uptick in volunteers returning following a pandemic hiatus.
To learn more about the center, and how you can help their mission, checkout their Facebook page.