Joy Soup Kitchen – Lent Offering

JOY Soup Kitchen—The Focus of Lenten Giving at St. James United Methodist Church
 
The focus of Lenten giving in 2019 at St. James UMC is the JOY Soup Kitchen of Greenville.  JOY Soup Kitchen relieves food insecurity among the poor and homeless in Greenville.  It is Greenville’s only site that prepares and serves a free, midday meal (from 10:30 to 11:45), which for some is the only meal of their day.  In 2018, volunteers dished out more than 25,000 free meals at the Albemarle Avenue facility.
 
The JOY Community Building at 700 Albemarle Avenue provides office space to Chapter 37 of Disabled American Veterans (DAV), a recipient of a 2019 Spring Fling grant. DAV service officers assisted more than 700 veterans last year to make sure they received the veteran benefits due to them.  The chapter also transports veterans to Durham daily for health care treatment.
 
JOY also provides space to Partners in Health and Wholeness, a faith-based wellness program that is part of the North Carolina Council of Churches.
 
Other services of JOY Soup Kitchen include HIV screening and counseling from Pitt County Aids Service Organization (PICASO), diabetes and blood pressure screening, dental screening by the ECU Dental School, emergency hurricane supplies, and food vouchers and resources from Community Unity Network.
 
JOY Soup Kitchen was formed when Frances White, the director of the original Greenville Soup Kitchen, serving at The Mount Hermon Lodge, decided to retire.  The Greenville Soup Kitchen then joined forces with Barbara Taft and Jean Dawson who were serving meals at York Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church in west Greenville.  JOY Soup Kitchen moved to the JOY Community Building  at 700 Albemarle Avenue in 1995.
 
St. James enjoys many connections to the soup kitchen, including its very name! Nancy Singleton suggested the name when the kitchen began as Jesus Others & You – JOY – Soup Kitchen.  Several UMW Circles donate and serve soup and sandwiches every month.  Ruth Ann and Gus Keyes, Judy Murad, and Cheryl Duncan are among the members of St. James who deliver and serve soup.  Members of St. James will strengthen that connection to the JOY Soup Kitchen by the gifts of our donations.
 
To donate food or to volunteer, call 252-561-7519 between 8 am and noon.  For insurance reasons, only individuals aged 18 and over can work in the kitchen.