Grandparents hold a special place in our heart, especially when it comes to food. Many of us have memories of grandma’s cooking, always delicious and made with love. Grandmas around the world have served as sources of never-ending culinary knowledge, using their skills and family recipes to feed the people in their care.

As their children grow up and start cooking for families of their own, many older adults turn to a different kind of family to feed: their community.

“I’ve always enjoyed cooking, but I had never cooked for 50 people before,” said Carolyn Gourley, Food Program Coordinator at Page Soup Kitchen. “It’s tiring and it’s hard work. It’s the hardest physical work I’ve ever done. But this is where I need to be.”

At Page Soup Kitchen in the heart of downtown Aberdeen, North Carolina, a handful of dedicated volunteers from all over Moore County feed between 80 and 110 people a hot meal twice a week. For six years, this is how they have helped their neighbors in need.

A volunteer at Page Soup Kitchen dishes up some hot chili.

Volunteers fix the meals from scratch, making creative and nutritious dishes from the food they pick up from our Sandhills Branch. They make everything from vegetable beef soup, to coleslaw, to grilled cheese sandwiches. They serve it to their guests who sit around big round tables as they socialize with one another. Then everyone gets a bag lunch to take home.

“We want them to know that they are loved. We treat them with respect. We are here to serve,” said Carolyn.

This is the only soup kitchen in Moore County, and they provide more than food to their guests. They also…

This article was sourced from the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

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