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Kenneth Butler Memorial Soup Kitchen still serving thru carry-out service

With so much uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak in Hancock County, one organization is doing their part to ensure residents are taken care of.

The Kenneth Butler Memorial Soup Kitchen is ensuring residents in need have food to eat, as they are offering carry out meals Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Patrons can pick up the meals at the east front door and are asked to line up in front of the building. The dining room, as well as the free table and free refrigerator are currently off limits to the general population, according to Jill Ebbert, executive director.

Ebbert told Giant FM the soup kitchen has seen a “steady” line of people all week.

“It has been pretty good. People are adjusting to it. It is not ideal, but people are getting food, and that is what matters,” Ebbert told Giant FM.

Ebbert acknowledged the facility has seen an uptick in need during the outbreak and is glad to be able to help.

“We will do it until it is all over. We have no contact with patrons, and we are keeping our distance and disinfecting everything. Our donors have been phenomenal, and have really stepped up to help us out. For some, this is the only option. I am praying we can continue to serve and have what we need,” Ebbert said.

Ebbert said the soup kitchen is in need of food, cleaning products, paper products and bottled water and can be dropped off between 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and then from 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.

“We will get through this, and we will continue to keep people fed until they tell us we can’t,” Ebbert told Giant FM.