Island “soup kitchen” opens Saturday

A group of volunteers are planning to open a soup kitchen among the boutiques and art galleries of downtown Winslow.

“Because of the recession, I looked around and saw a lot of people suffering,” organizer Kim Hendrickson said in Rachel Pritchett’s recent article about the effort.

In a rare turn, this is a soup kitchen with a blog, bainbridgesoupkitchen.blogspot.com. Here’s snippet:

(The) soup kitchen is being held for its own sake (there is no underlying moral message, call to arms, or agenda) and it is meant to be inclusive. Islanders of all backgrounds and situations are invited. We hope to attract people of all conditions, since so many of us are joined, these days, in shared stress and uncertainty. The event reflects the organizers’ fondness for small scale, personal gestures and belief that food and music encourage friendly connections.

The soup’s on at 5 p.m. at 150 Madrone Lane on Saturday. The one-night event will feature musical performances until the kitchen closes at 7 p.m.