Trinity, Party of 100!
Too many people in our community are struggling with hunger and homelessness. Every day the Soup Kitchen serves nearly 100 lunches: for many this is the only hot meal they will eat all day. At the same time restaurants in our community are struggling to recover after two years of Covid-19.
You can help! Trinity has launched Operation Take Out Hunger to support our Soup Kitchen AND help local restaurants survive the pandemic!
Half of your donation will be used to purchase food from restaurants to be served in the Soup Kitchen and half will be used to help with Soup Kitchen operating costs. Our annual Empty Bowls Supper fundraiser had to be canceled in 2020, 2021, and 2022 due to Covid-19. For years, however, Lewiston-Auburn restaurants have donated to the Supper: they were here for us when we needed them and now we want to return the favor! Help us feed the hungry and support these local businesses!
Donate to Operation Take Out Hunger today!
You may also donate by check! Checks can be made out to “Trinity Jubilee Center” and mailed to 247 Bates Street, Lewiston, ME 04240
Operation Take Out Hunger purchases!
Burritos from Guthrie’s and calzones from the Italian Bakery!
Check out what your donation can purchase!
$6.66 purchases a meat lover’s calzone from the Italian Bakery.
$600 purchases one for every Soup Kitchen guest!
$14 purchases two BBQ chicken burritos from Guthries.
$630 feeds everyone!
$35 purchases 4 servings of fried rice and chicken teriyaki from Wei Li.
$786 feeds everyone!
$120 purchases 25 servings of lasagna from DaVinci’s.
$480 feeds everyone!
Operation Take Out Hunger purchases! Lasagna from DaVinci’s and chicken teriyaki, fried rice, and fortune cookies from Wei Li!
The Operation Take Out Hunger story:
We lost almost ALL of our volunteers when the pandemic hit in March 2020. This left our two Soup Kitchen staff members by themselves to prep 100 lunches by 11 AM every day!
Our Soup Kitchen does a great job with straightforward meals like spaghetti and meatballs, steak with peppers and onions, and homemade macaroni and cheese. Complicated dishes with lots of ingredients or prep time, however, are a challenge for our little crew! When someone is out sick or we have a big project come up it is even harder to get a good quality meal prepared in time!
In December 2020 an anonymous donor paid Guthrie’s restaurant to make lunch for the soup kitchen. This was a huge help! Guthrie’s made BBQ chicken burritos and our guests loved them.
Over the next few weeks we were short-staffed and purchased another round of burritos from Guthrie’s and then manicotti from DaVinci’s. The food was delicious and the restaurants were happy to get the business. We created Operation Take Out Hunger in the hopes that the community could help make this a regular thing! Participation is limited to restaurants that donated food to our annual Empty Bowls Supper in the past: we’ve picked a few to start with and may expand to more later. As of February 2022 we’ve made twelve purchases and served over 1,000 restaurant-cooked meals!
We would LOVE your support making these purchases continue!
Thank you to our corporate sponsors!