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Karey McIntyre, who was born shortly after WWII and that’s all she wants you to know about that, was in a busy huff this afternoon.
The coordinator and cofounder of the nonprofit Twelve Loaves Soup Kitchen at 11th Street and Second Avenue in New Brighton was finishing up the daily meal and accepting a private donation of chicken breasts and sandwich bags – boy, she really needed those! – and talking about the tremendous local generosity.
“Run out after him!” she called to another volunteer about the man with the sandwich bags. “Get his name and address. I need to send him a thank you!”
Because of the pandemic, for at least the next two weeks the soup kitchen is operating curbside takeout from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday instead of the former twice a week, McIntyre said. Anyone is welcome to come.
“I don’t care, if you come in and say you’re hungry” you can eat, she said. When your fortunes are better, donate a can of vegetables, “and make it a big can!” she said.
The last sit-in meal was Monday, when 60 people came through the doors. Yesterday as the new coronavirus schedule started, 35 people stopped for bagged lunches, McIntyre said.
Today, almost 40 came by and got roast pork, baked beans, macaroni salad, a dessert and milk.
On Friday, needy folks will enjoy hot sausage donated by the New Brighton Gridiron Club. And there will be a wide variety of vegetables donated by the Pondarosa restaurant in Chippewa Township. Restaurants are widely donating food to soup kitchens they can’t use quickly enough, McIntyre said.
What Twelve Loaves can’t use quickly enough, it will donate to a Beaver Falls soup kitchen, McIntyre said. Other county soup kitchens operate in Aliquippa and Ambridge.
McIntyre said First Baptist Church sent volunteers to help today. “People are so generous and helpful,” she said.
Wouldn’t you know that she stopped at Craig’s Hardware in the borough for some things and she was given a check this morning? Wouldn’t you know she opened it in the car and it was for $500?
“That’s the kind of people we deal with all the time,” McIntyre said. “I’m so delighted to be alive to do it.”
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