By NICK GOSNELL
HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The Christian Soup Ministry has been in Hutchinson since the 1980s and they are doing things a little differently now because of the pandemic.
"Right now, we're down to about 80 meals a day," said Stanley Murdock. "Normally, we have about 150 to 160 meals that we serve when the dining room is open. We plan to reopen the dining room on June 1st."
About 50 of those 80 are being delivered, but that requires a medical referral. The others are being picked up on the days they serve at 5 p.m.
"Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, we're there from 1 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, we're there from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m."
Churches and volunteer groups from across the community help with the preparation and distribution of the meals.
"We have about 134 different churches and organizations that help us out on a yearly basis," Murdock said. "That's what we had last year."
The Ministry also has a clothes closet and food bank, as well. Eagle Radio through the Schmidt Foundation is matching donations all day on May 20 to the Ministry. Donate online or send a check made out to the Christian Soup Ministry to Eagle Radio Hutchinson, PO Box 1036, Hutchinson, KS 67504.