Soup Kitchens

Then the King will say to those on his right: “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”

Then the righteous will answer him: “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and went to visit you?”

The King will reply: “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”  (Matthew 25:34-40)

When the first soup kitchen was founded in the village of Prekovce in 2000, Svetlana, the wife of an orthodox priest in the town of Zvečan, stressed that one must have had in mind these words of St Matthew. She said that, as a mother, she wanted to come to aid to those in need, the ones who had sunk into poverty and oblivion. Not a single association managed to cure this micro reality of suffering dispersed across the countryside.

A soup kitchen is a popular mean of preparing meals for the poor who do not possess sufficient resources to provide for their own daily sustenance. The food is being prepared in the main building and is consumed either on the premises, in the kitchens or delivered to the remotest of villages to the most disadvantaged: to numerous poor families and to the elderly who have been left to their own means.

Seven examples of the new improved reality operate in Kosovo and Metohija: two in the village of Prekovce (Municipality of Novo Brdo), one in Rečane, one in Vrbovac, one in Korminjane, one in Vidanje and one Štrpce.

Our association supports regular shipments of food from the central warehouse of the soup kitchen infrastructure for they represent the foundation of our credibility and our capability to provide a consistent supply to those in need.

The following is a short list of ingredients, necessary for operation of soup kitchens: tomato, vegetable oil, canned beans, canned tuna, pasta, rice, condensed milk.

If you want to learn more about how you can contribute to our activities or how to organize a contribution to our food bank, please write to the following address: anna@amicididecani.it