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Cranford-Elmora Soup Kitchen Continues its Ministry During Pandemic

For more than 35 years, dedicated volunteers from The First Presbyterian Church of Cranford, NJ, have provided meals on Sunday afternoon for the 100+ patrons of the Cranford-Elmora Soup Kitchen.  The current situation with the Coronavirus pandemic has seen the First Baptist Church in Elizabeth, where the Soup Kitchen ministry takes place,  transformed into a temporary shelter-in-place for homeless families, rendering the kitchen unavailable for food preparation for the Soup Kitchen Ministry.

Undaunted by these challenges, volunteers Bob and Jean Wands, Carol and Jeff Berns, Skip Winter and the Binder Family prepared bagged lunches in the Bates Hall Gym (at an appropriate social distance) at First Presbyterian Church of Cranford last Sunday, with supplies donated by the Cranford community.  Later that day, the lunches were distributed outside First Baptist Church in Elizabeth, assisted by the Elizabeth Police Department.

When called upon for help, Cranford does not disappoint.  We are so grateful to the volunteers and to those who donated supplies.  Hunger-cessation ministries need us now more than ever.  Please help us continue to feed our hungry neighbors EVERY SUNDAY during this pandemic by donating single-serve applesauce or fruit cups, small bottles of water, and individually wrapped granola, fruit & nut bars. Supplies can be dropped off at 210 Oak Lane in Cranford.

Bagged lunches being assembled in Bates Hall Gym at First Presbyterian Church of Cranford

Volunteers Distributing Bagged Lunches outside the Cranford-Elmora Soup Kitchen