Was it a Soup Fest, a Dessert Fest, a Bread Fest or all of the above? Yes! All of the above. On Saturday, March 18, 2017 the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness held its annual SoupFest at the Rundlett Middle School in Concord. The crowd was even larger than last year!
Jim Kinhan would have been proud, indeed, to see the tradition carried on in such a spectacular way. Jim, who passed away this past year, was a key part of making SoupFest the success that it is. To honor his inimitable style and contributions, a hearty rendition of This Little Light of Mine reached out to the heavens. Special thanks this year went to Concord Coop for helping to coordinate and promote the event in addition to having a couple of their chefs on hand to ensure the soup was hot and ready for the hungry crowd.
Keeping up the tradition, the day started with a FunFest for the younger crowd. Games, activities, face painting, and laughter filled the room while The Torch Club of the Boys & Girls Club helped keep everyone happy and everything running smoothly until the soup was ready. The Boy Scouts also contributed to the craft table with potholders while Rundlett students and local artists offered handcrafted bowls for sale to add to the fundraiser.
Twenty Soup Chefs and their helpers arrived with soup-filled pots, donned commemorative aprons, and filled everyone’s “bowls” until the very last drop was left. Countless others arrived with a variety of breads—some still warm and smelling oh-so-good! And, the dessert brigade required additional tables to accommodate the luscious homemade desserts. SoupFest was definitely the place to be!
We can’t forget, though, that the good times and great food were all to benefit a worthy organization fighting for a critical issue in our community. Homelessness is a problem everywhere, of course, but the bitterly cold New Hampshire winters mean extra challenges.
Homelessness is a problem that we can solve, and it starts with acknowledging the humanity of those who have found themselves homeless and offering them dignity and compassion. Please find a way to help – no matter how small. Here are some resources:
Aaron & Doreen