Springfield Soup Kitchen to distribute Thanksgiving meals tonight

The Springfield Soup Kitchen, located at 830 W. Main St., is serving a take-out Thanksgiving meal tonight from 5 to 6 p.m.

Fred Stegner, the owner of the kitchen, said they are prepared to serve 1,000 meals.

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“I expect people to come pick up five, 10, or 15 meals a person to carry them through Thanksgiving, so I expect about 1,000 meals,” Stegner said.

The Springfield Soup Kitchen’s traditional Thursday Thanksgiving was canceled this year because of COVID-19 guidelines.

Stegner said the kitchen has been unable to allow people inside, due to a lack of social distancing. As a result, they have been offering take-out meals to those in need.

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“We’re disappointed we can’t have our traditional meal, even if we wanted to open up, it’s just not practical. The average age of our volunteers is 79 and I just can’t put them at risk,” Stegner said.

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