WESTFIELD, NY - Volunteers at the Westfield Community Kitchen are scrambling to find a building to house their soup kitchen. Their current lease at Saint Peter's Episcopal Church ends in one month.
"There are moments when my reserves of hope sort of dwindles," said Juliana Jones, one of the soup kitchen organizers, "because it has been going on for so long, and it would be a very sad thing for it to come to an end."
Westfield Community Kitchen is the only soup kitchen that serves Westfield. How many people they help fluctuates with the weather. In July, the soup kitchen served about 62 people a day.
"Sometimes hunger isn't just physical," Jones said. "We get widows, widowers, people with disabilities and all sorts of challenges, who're just lonely and they come here for socialization."