Kentville soup kitchen fills many bowls

Wendy Elliott
Published on March 26, 2016

KENTVILLE - There were three kinds of soup being prepared in the Salvation Army church kitchen as Easter egg pandemonium unfolded nearby.

Soup gets cooked every Saturday, not just Easter weekend. There were steaming pots of potato and cabbage, French onion and over roasted vegetable on the go March 25, said Jessica Graves, 17.

About a dozen volunteers were on hand, noted Wanda Bennett, who has been helping since December. Outside in the parking lot more than 30 "Ugly Food" bags were being filled.

Thanks to Nadia and Renee Gerrits, owners of Henny Penny’s Farm Market in New Minas, the bags form an effort to combat food insecurity and reduce waste that began last fall.

Sarah Hiltz, who works for the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Kings County branch, busily oversees the morning’s work.

Hiltz and the Gerrits came up with the idea for the food bags. Much of it would otherwise be wasted due to its appearance.

Hiltz was involved in the Share Our Urban Produce (SOUP) program that began last summer due to the creation of the Kentville Community Garden. Soup continues to be donated to several community outreach groups, such as Kentville's Open Arms Resource Centre and the Portal, said Bennett.