SUMMIT, NJ - There are a lot of people who want to help those in need. But sometimes it's hard to find where to go when you want to help.
Soup Kitchen 411 has launched to connect people with the 700 soup kitchens around the country, so they can make easy connections. That's where Soup Kitchen 411 comes in, a web-based portal identifying soup kitchens and food pantries located around the country.
On Thursday night, a fundraiser to raise awareness about hunger was held at St. John's Church in Summit, helping launch the Soup Kitchen 411 web portal.
"Believe it or not, it's quite difficult if you wanted to volunteer at a soup kitchen to find one that will call you back or schedule you to volunteer time," Chatham resident Laura Ali and Soup Kitchen 411 board member, said. "It's more difficult than you would think. This gives people an online portal matching soup kitchens in need with people who want to help."
"There's two big pieces, one is that we're really trying to raise awareness," Steve Klein, board member for Soup Kitchen 411, said. "There are double digit percentages of people who are food insecure. People don't really know that. They think it only affects a homeless person. Food insecure means that you need help to get through the month, whether it's food stamps or a soup kitchen or some other organization. We want to raise awareness and have a directory so people can find a place wherever they are to connect with a soup kitchen. We researched it and couldn't find anything like it."