Crisis Ministries to close its soup kitchen once a week. One day a week, a different restaurant, caterer or hotelier will take over soup kitchens throughout Charleston and serve meals to people in need, saving the charitable organizations about $1,500 per week. In addition to Crisis Ministries, organizations supported by Feed the Need include Tricounty Family Ministries, East Cooper Meals on Wheels and Neighborhood House. Bakst hopes to ultimately expand the initiative to other cities.
The program is set to continue into 2010, with six companies joining the original 52 participating restaurants, caterers and hotels. Other local organizations have gotten involved as well, including through monetary donations. Firefly Distillery, Wadmalaw Island, S.C., recently raised $4,700 for Feed the Need through a local charity fundraising event and has also donated proceeds from sales to the cause.