Soup kitchen expanding its services

Staff report

October 25, 2013

In response to a growing need in the county, Bladen Crisis will be expanding its operations and begin providing a hearty meal to those who are hungry and in need of a hot meal.

Bladen Crisis has had a presence in Bladen County since 2003 offering a food pantry, thrift store, and limited emergency aid. With over 1,300 clients and over 20 volunteers, Bladen Crisis is instrumental in meeting the needs of the unfortunate in our county.

As of Oct. 17, Bladen Crisis has given out 5,978 bags of groceries totaling more than 137,400 pounds of food. Those who qualify for assistance with Bladen Crisis are men, women, and children who do not qualify for food stamps and who would otherwise go hungry.

Recently, the demand for a soup kitchen has grown and the Board of Directors for Bladen Crisis has agreed to try to meet the need. Pastor Chris Carroll of Elizabethtown Baptist Church and president of Bladen Crisis shared his heart and concern for the community when he provided recent information with his board that men, women and children of our community are going hungry and that each of us has a responsibility to see to it that no one in Bladen County goes without a meal.

While the details aren’t completely worked out, the Board of Directors wanted the community to be aware of the direction the group is heading in with hopes that others within the county will step forward and offer to help. According to Pastor Carroll, monetary donations can be made to Bladen Crisis for this project. We are also looking for volunteers, food donations, etc.

One of the major fundraising events for the organization is the 4K for Food Walk/Run that will take place on Nov. 16 at the Elizabethtown Industrial Park. For information on how to participate, please pick up a brochure at the Thrift Store located on Martin Luther King Drive, Health Works on West Broad Street, NC Cooperative Extension located on Smith Circle or any participating businesses in downtown Elizabethtown. You may also visit to get furthers details on the event.

Lastly, please mark your calendars for Jan. 17, 2014, as Bladen Crisis will be celebrating 10 years of ministry with a celebration dinner. At this dinner we will reflect back on 10 years of ministry and look forward to the future of Bladen Crisis as it continues to help Bladen County eradicate homelessness and hunger. Bladen Crisis is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation and all donations are considered tax deductible.

To obtain further information about the proposed soup kitchen or any other matters related to Bladen Crisis, call 910-862-1032.