The first time one hears the word “Soup Kitchen,” they think of a kitchen devoted to making soup. However, “Soup Kitchen” is a voluntary service for both adults and teenagers alike to feed the homeless. It was founded by two pastors and a Christian church approximately 17 years ago, and they have since then, continued to feed the homeless every two weeks. It is also sponsored by the corporation “Nanumi,” which supplies the homeless with their necessities. On October 7th, over 300 homeless people came and received delicious home-made food with help from 33 volunteers.
|[A glimpse of the building where free food was given to the homeless]
The workers (cooks, assistants, and volunteers like myself) all met by Seoul Station’s exit 12 at 10:15am last Saturday. The pastor began with a prayer to the homeless, and then the roles were divided among the workers. There were specific roles that the volunteers did, varying from serving the homeless, dishwashing, scraping the leftover food, to drying the dishes and utensils. According to the veteran volunteers, drying the dishes was the easiest job by far, which I gratefully embraced and volunteered for.
The homeless people began arriving at 10:30, and eventually more of them came until a total of over 300 came to receive the food from the voluntary workers. Meanwhile, dishwashers, and dryers such as myself were stationed on the third floor, with nothing to do for the first hour or so. Then the dishes began to roll in, and it seemed endless, for every dish that was cleaned, a new one was already there to replace it. Fortunately, there were no food scraps on any of the dishes, and I was gratified to know that the homeless had left no scraps behind.
I started to enumerate in my head the amount of dishes the single meal generated, and also wondered how many of the homeless arrived to receive their meal. Two and a half hours after we started cleaning, the plates and utensils finally stopped arriving. As I let down a sigh of relief, I thought about how grateful we all are that there is an organization like this to feed the unfortunate.
|[A group photo of the voluntary workers]
We ended the “Soup Kitchen” about 30 or so minutes earlier than expected at approximately 1:30PM. The finale occurred with a final prayer from the pastor, along with special thanks from the cook. I feel that the world needs a lot of help, and one way to help is to voluntarily assist those who are struggling to maintain their lives, such as the homeless who came for their food.
Asia Pacific International School
Matthew Choi firstname.lastname@example.org
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