Closed restaurant donates kitchen space to La Soupe, a charity helping to feed families

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BLUE ASH, Ohio — Two days ago, the La Soupe team was working out of a small building on Round Bottom Road. They were running out of space for their radically changing mission.

Before COVID-19, La Soupe rescued and transformed perishable food donations for hungry kids so they’d have good, nutritious meals on weekends. Since the coronavirus pandemic, the mission has expanded from just kids to entire families.

Then, a restaurateur, who was forced to close his business after the COVID-19 panic, re-purposed his space, opening it to the nonprofit with a mission to feed others.

“It’s huge,” La Soupe founder Suzy DeYoung said. “It’s a huge space – so we can social distance here.”

They couldn’t hit that mark without a bigger place to work – a problem that was solved after a call to action on Facebook and on TV last week.

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BROC donates food to GBICS’ Kitchen Cupboard program | The Bennington Banner

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By Patricia LeBoeuf, Bennington Banner

BENNINGTON — In a collaborative effort to provide assistance to struggling individuals, BROC Community Action was set to donate food, hundreds of bars of soap, money and gift cards to Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services on Monday.

“They’re doing a great job over there, and we have resources, and so it seemed like a really smart partnership to put BROC Community Action together with GBICS, Kitchen Cupboard in this case, and throw our weight behind their efforts,” said Tom Donahue, CEO of BROC.

Donahue said he believes collaborating with GBICS’ Kitchen Cupboard program is a strong response to make sure people are taken care of in their time of need.

Basically, he said, they’re taking “everything from our food shelf” and bringing it to the Kitchen Cupboard program.

Donahue said he did think about different ways BROC could run its food shelf program during the

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