Food pantry open despite the bad weather

Food pantry open despite the bad weather

CHAMPAIGN -- Hunger doesn't take a day off and the cold weather didn't stop a food pantry from serving hot meals.

We all know what it’s like to be hungry, but many of us have difficulty finding a warm meal each day. "I'm struggling a little bit with day to day rent and sometimes you don’t have enough to buy food so this is a blessing to come down here and actually eat," says Samuel Hudspath. He's one of the 40 people that made their way inside the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen in Champaign.

With blistering cold temperatures and over 8 inches of snow a lot of businesses are closed. Volunteers at the soup kitchen braved the cold weather to open its doors for those in need. Karen Pickard is one of the volunteers, she says "emails went out last evening and we decided we better be there just in case someone shows up."

Samuel Hudspath showed up but he wasn’t sure if they would be open. "I'm hungry and I need some food so I gave it a chance and came down here. The food is delicious." Karen Pickard was glad he made the trip. "If people are cold and hungry it’s great that they have this place to come in to and get a good meal to eat that will probably last them through the day."

Sloppy Joes, baked potatoes, soup and salad were all on the menu, but they gave away some other useful items.

Pickard says, "A gentleman who was just in here finishing his lunch stopped me just now and he held put his hands and they were red from the cold and he said do you have any gloves I said oh boy we've got gloves."

It's what Samuel Hudspath needed, a warm meal and warm gloves to face the cold weather.

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