Huntersville soup kitchen meets holiday demands

A local soup kitchen in the Charlotte area fed hundreds of people in need this weekend and says the mission goes beyond just Christmas.

The Angels and Sparrows Soup Kitchen has been around for eight years in Huntersville. Families who rely on school lunches get the chance to make ends meet while their children are out of school for the holidays.

Sandy Tilley says she started the soup kitchen because had a calling to do something fulfilling with her life and give back.

“This is the most rewarding thing I have ever done in my life. My sweet husband past away this past summer. I told my friends a lot of times when people lose their spouses they have to look for something to do,” she said.

Donations from churches, local farmer’s markets and grocery stores is what keeps the soup kitchen functioning and meeting the demands in the community.

Volunteers work around the clock preparing meals for hundreds of families looking to make ends meet.

Tilley says some families rely on the school meals to get by. So during the summer and Christmas break, Angels and Sparrows fills that void.

“I think of the people that didn’t even have a minimum lunch. I can’t possibly not be open,” Tilley said.

The people who come to Angels and Sparrows say it’s more than just the food. They come for companionship to volunteer and leave donations when they’re able.

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