Clergy Association in Meriden donates supplies to soup kitchen

Clergy Association in Meriden donates supplies to soup kitchen


MERIDEN — Members of a dozen churches worked together on the first “Stone Soup Kitchen” collection recently.

Bruce Miller, First Congregational Church pastor, said the biblical story of the “stone soup”inspired the effort. The story starts with one person with a rock and water. Others add different ingredients, eventually making a bountiful soup.

The Meriden Clergy Association divided up the types of food the soup kitchen needed, and each congregation had a collection. Tim Granucci, soup kitchen president, said a couple week ago the kitchen’s food supply was dwindling. But with the clergy association collection and other donations, the stock has risen. The staff was working to sort and stock food last week.

The leaders from each of the congregations delivered food to the soup kitchen Friday afternoon.

The donations included egg noodles and ziti from the First Congregational Church, large containers of salt and pepper from the Baitul Aman mosque, Saint Joseph and Saint Mary’s donated canned soups and broths, and South Meriden Trinity donated canned vegetables. Ethel Graham of New Gethsemane was at the soup kitchen Friday delivering condiments.

Graham said having each congregation collect different items was a “beautiful idea.”

“It shows the unified clergy association coming together for the city,” said Doreen Bottone, MidState Medical Center’s chaplain.

Granucci said the soup kitchen serves about 180 meals a day. 203-317-2225 Twitter: @LaurenSievertRJ

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