TROY — The Jan. 5 meeting of the Troy Rotary Club was held at the St. Patrick Soup Kitchen, located at 25 N. Mulberry St., inside the Hobart Community Kitchen in Troy.
Hosted by owner/operator Dick Steineman, members were invited to tour the second floor and basement to see the multi-purpose rooms and storage areas as they learned more about the facility. Opened in 2014, the building was made possible through the generosity of many businesses and civic leaders. Hobart Corporation donated funds and kitchen equipment, local builder Frank Harlow coordinated the construction while The Troy Foundation, other trusts and generous individuals helped ensure the project was completed.
Its’ hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 5-6 p.m., and they serve 450-500 meals each week. In addition to the weekday service, they send out meals to Troy’s north side every Saturday evening and offer a special delivery service of over 2100 meals on Christmas Day each year. In all, the Soup Kitchen provides nearly 25,000 meals each year to area residents. The entire operation is supported through charitable donations of food and funds. With more than 150 homeless individuals in Miami County, Steineman works with other agencies to offer assistance to anyone in need. The soup kitchen is an important part in Troy’s blanket of care, and the Mulberry Street door is always open to anyone or organization who has leftover food to donate to those who are hungry.
For more information on the soup kitchen, visit http://soupkitchen.org/.
Troy Rotarians, and the Troy Rotary Foundation, support several community projects annually, including providing volunteers every month to help serve meals at the Soup Kitchen. In 2014-15, more than $16,000 in scholarships and community aid was distributed from the fund, including the annual Shoe Project, Troy After Prom and sponsorships to summer camps at Brukner Nature Center and WACO Air Museum. Club members are always looking for new topics to share at weekly meetings. If you are interested in presenting your business or organization, please visit the Troy Rotary Web site at www.troyohiorotary.org and submit your information in the “Contact Us” section. Troy Rotary is a member-involved, goal-oriented service club focused on socio/economic issues that have an impact both locally and internationally. You can follow their activities on Facebook at Troy Rotary Club.