Soup Kitchen May Have to Stop Serving Families 

A day like this can really give the Hart’s a craving for some home cooking.”It’s kind of a social hour, along with getting something to eat, and we bring things, too,” said Barbara Hart.Soup, grilled cheese and some of Barbara Hart’s infamous cookies make for a tasty lunch, but it’s not the reason people turn out at Pastor Pearl’s kitchen. “It’s always a joy to see them and talk with them. Makes your day a lot brighter,” said Palmyra resident, Bob Walsh.For the last thirteen years, the modest setting has been a destination for people looking for a bite to eat.”We do about twelve-hundred meals a month here. That’s what we do.,” said Pastor Herbert Pearl of the Palmyra Baptist Worship Center.It’s a soup kitchen that Palmyra and its surrounding communities have come to depend on.”The only meal they really get that’s balanced is right here at the soup kitchen. Even though it’s only three times a week, it makes a difference in somebody’s life. Really, it does.”But the weekly meals are fueled by donations, and this year, the bills added up to more than the contributions. “Central Maine Power is giving me to the sixteenth of the month to come up with some money to pay the light bill or they’re going to shut us down.”Late payments on the utility bill have set them back $1,200.The kitchen has to pay back $550 in order to remain open.”We’re seeing more people come through the door, not only just for the soup kitchen, but for food for their families.”And for the second family they’ve built throughout the years.”We meet them here a couple, three times a week, catch up on what they’re doing and what we’re doing.”Which is why a bowl of soup is just as good for the Hart’s, as it is for the soul.If you’d like to help the soup kitchen, you can send a donation to the Palmyra Baptist Worship Center at 868 Main St. in Palmyra.Checks can be made payable to either the center or Palmyra Soup Kitchen.