Trinity, Party of 100!
Too many people in our community are struggling with hunger and homelessness. Every day the Soup Kitchen feeds nearly 100 people: for many this is the only hot meal they will eat all day. At the same time restaurants in our community are on the brink of closing their doors forever.
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 and 2021 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!
$5.50 purchases a meat lover’s calzone from the Italian Bakery.
$550 purchases one for every Soup Kitchen guest!
$20.72 purchases 4 servings of cashew chicken from Wei Li.
$518 feeds everyone!
$7 purchases a BBQ chicken burrito from Guthries.
$700 feeds everyone!
$25.84 purchases 4 servings of fried rice and chicken teriyaki from Wei Li.
$646 feeds everyone!
$35 purchases 10 bacon/egg/cheese English muffins from the Italian Bakery.
$350 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:
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.
We lost almost ALL of our volunteers when the pandemic hit in March 2020 and we’re being careful about who comes into the building now: we are a small crew and if someone who came in to volunteer ended up having Covid-19 we might all end up in quarantine and our shelter, soup kitchen, and food pantry would need to close temporarily! We love our guests and know how much they rely on us and we really don’t want that to happen. This leaves our two Soup Kitchen staff members by themselves, however, to prep lunch for 100 people 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!
This winter we were short-staffed on a few days 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 April 1 we’ve made four purchases and served nearly 400 restaurant-cooked meals!
We would LOVE your support making these purchases continue!
Thank you to our corporate sponsors!