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Why I Take my Students to the Soup Kitchen

March 7, 2017 by

Steve and two of the boys working at the stove in the Soup Kitchen

“Please, can I come to the soup kitchen? Can I go? Me too?” My students at the elementary school here at the New Meadow Run Bruderhof love to go to the soup kitchen to fry the burgers, roast the sweet peppers, chop the salads, boil the rice, and to serve it to those who need it so much.

a young girl helping to prepare food at the soup kitchen

That’s why six of us – four children and two adults – drive over the mountain and into Uniontown, PA, to the Salvation Army soup kitchen, every Thursday of every week. So many facets of it are important to me, and to my students: it is important to work hard at cooking and preparing the meal; it is important to serve others; it is important to see and talk with people a great deal less fortunate than us; it is important to hear and feel their genuine and heart-felt gratitude.

a girl grinning at the camera as she tosses a bowl of salad

And sometimes, on holidays like Christmas or Easter, many go there together; I take the whole class to sing and play music. That cheers more than the body; it improves the heart and soul as well.

the children serving out food to the patrons of the Soup Kitchen

A few weeks ago, I took some photos, but we concentrated on making food of the highest quality rather than taking perfect pictures!

Steve Wiser is a school teacher at the New Meadow Run Bruderhof in Farmington, PA.

Steve’s previous articles: Soup Kitchen Garden, and What is Free Play?


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