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Organic Soup Kitchen
updated: Jan 25, 2014, 10:00 AM
Organic Soup Kitchen believes that no person regardless of financial status shall compromise the quality of
food they feed themselves or their family.
We operate under the assumption that humanity can heal itself when we interact with compassion and
concern for each other.
This is done by collaborating with local outreach agencies by providing clean healthy food, creating a
collective impact of service within our community.
Congresswoman Lois Capps has awarded Organic Soup Kitchen's executive director Anthony Carroccio a
Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for his dedication to Santa Barbara veterans, in recognition
of outstanding and invaluable service to the community.
In 2013, Organic Soup Kitchen's veterans program served 600 meals per month at Santa Barbara's Veterans
Memorial Building, with 500 veterans in attendance at their Veterans Day celebration, at which Lois Capps
was present. In 2014, Organic Soup Kitchen plans to expand its offerings to include a meal delivery service
for housebound veterans that will operate out of the Veterans Memorial Building kitchen. According to Mr.
Carroccio, "Organic Soup Kitchen operates under the assumption that humanity can heal itself when we
interact with compassion and concern for each other. We're proud to be a part of the Santa Barbara
community and to receive this terrific award."
Organic Soup Kitchen is a 501c3 non-profit that has been serving organic meals to disadvantaged
communities in the Santa Barbara area since 2009. Their weekly service reaches out beyond the veteran
population to include seniors, families, homeless women, and housebound residents of Santa Barbara. They
do this by partnering with distinguished local service agencies such as People's Self-Help Housing,
Transition House, Santa Barbara Housing Authority, Common Ground, Santa Barbara Street Medicine, and
Women's Free Health Clinic. Total meals exceed 1,500 per month. The organization also opens up its doors
at the Veterans Memorial Building every Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter, serving both veterans and the
Organic Soup Kitchen's philosophy is that no person, regardless of financial status, should have to
compromise the quality of food they feed themselves or their family. In support of this mission, Organic
Soup Kitchen prepares only fresh, local, organic, plant-based, nutrient-dense foods. The organization's
reach has grown from approximately 4,000 meals served in 2009 to 20,000 in 2013. Projected growth for
2014 is 30,000 meals.
For more information about Organic Soup Kitchen or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit www.OrganicSoupKitchen.org
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