October Business of the Month: Laramie Soup Kitchen
The Laramie Chamber Business Alliance would like to present the October Business of the Month honor to the Laramie Soup Kitchen.
The Laramie Soup Kitchen has been serving the hungry in the Laramie Community since 1983. The non-profit organization was started by a group of local church women who prepared meals in their own homes. The women would serve about 10-12 people in available public spaces until they soon moved into the Salvation Army Building. It wasn’t until 1988, when they were able to move into the lower-level of the St. Episcopal Cathedral, where it is presently located.
The Laramie Soup Kitchen’s goal is to serve the community with hot, nutritious meals Monday through Friday starting at 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. They also open their doors at 8 a.m. for a continental breakfast. The Laramie Soup Kitchen doesn’t just serve these warm meals, but also provide a comfortable place for social interaction and information about the network of services available to those in need. Additionally, the organization is committed to collaboration with other local agencies to develop an even stronger network.
The Laramie Soup Kitchen on average serves about 65 people a day. The organization has four full time employees including two who are AmeriCorps Members. The non- profit heavily relies on their volunteers and typically has 3-4 a day and have had over 230 new volunteers this year. They are always looking for volunteers and if you would like more information, visit their website here: http://www.laramiesoupkitchen.com/volunteer.html
They accept donations from home gardens, farm fresh eggs, professionally processed game meat, and most food up to two years past the date on can food items. The staff at the Soup Kitchen will evaluate the food and make sure that it is safe to consume.
The Laramie Soup Kitchen has also built partnerships with Big Brothers Big Sisters (by providing after school lunches), The Cathedral Home, Interfaith Good Samaritan, The Laramie Youth Crisis Center, the Albany County SAFE Project, and the homeless shelter in Cheyenne. They try to redistribute as much food as they can to different organizations that need it.
“The community is so generous and we do not feel like we should hold on to what they give us, so we re-distribute as much as we possibly can,” Executive Director, Ted Cramer said. “Especially to nonprofit agencies that spend money on food”.
Locals businesses throughout the community show their support for the Laramie Soup Kitchen by doing food drives or hosting events to collect cans. During Scaramie (held Saturday, Oct 29), The Laramie Soup Kitchen will be at the Bent & Rusty Cotton Company. Also, Poppy’s will be collecting canned/ dry food items in exchange for Trick or Treat candy. For more information on what the Laramie Soup Kitchen is doing be sure to visit and like them on Facebook and check out their website here!