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New London soup kitchen is in need of help

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A 30-year-old soup kitchen in New London that has catered to the needs of thousands is now in need of a helping hand.

The New London Community Meal Center is running out of funds and may be forced to close.

Janice Blow has been coming to the center ever since the doors opened on Montauk Avenue in 1985.

"Glad everybody can help sponsor the soup kitchen and get things done because that's what we're trying to do, support the people,” Blow said.

The rising cost of utilities and the shortage of cash donations is what is threatening the closing of the center.

The board of directors said it only has enough money to stay open for two more months.

"We can bank on what our expenses are going to be but our income is always based on donations and grants,” said John Kamishliam, president of the New London Community Meal Center.

The grants have shrunk as well as the cash donations, which help keep the lights on and the equipment running to help make two meals per day.

Just two positions at the center are funded, and 99 percent of the help are all volunteer-based, like retired teacher Lynn Brown.

"You have to make time in your schedule to give back to the community. That's what we're doing here,” Brown said.

Once per week, center operators go to the Gemma Moran Food Center in New London, which is also running out of supplies.

As the holidays get closer and closer, donations are expected to pick up. Most of the churches in the region donate meals as well as volunteers on weekends, but now the need is even greater.

To make a donation, you can mail to: The New London Community Meal Center, PO Box 945, New London, CT 06320, or make a donation online by clicking here.

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