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Jul 19, 2015 2:09 PM

Laconia soup kitchen running low on volunteers, may scale back


LACONIA — A local soup kitchen is running out of volunteers to serve meals this summer and may have to scale back services.

"Without their help, we are looking at cutting back the number of days that we can serve lunch here. Saturdays has become a particular hard day to staff with volunteers and a real challenge for us," Salvation Army Capt. Scott McNeil told the Laconia Citizen.

The Salvation Army on Union Avenue has been serving lunch six days a week to anybody who wants a meal, and summer is the busiest time because children are out of school, he said.

People taking advantage of the program range in age from families with small children to elderly residents living alone.

"We've run into an extreme shortage of volunteers," McNeil said. "In the past, we've had volunteers from some church groups do this, but right now not many churches are available to assist us. "We're trying to reach out and recruit other church volunteers to help us, but haven't had much luck yet."

The meals are funded by the Salvation Army, with assistance from Walmart and private donations, but volunteers are needed to cook, serve and clean up after the meals.

Anyone interested in volunteering can reach the Salvation Army at 524-1834.


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