Preble Street celebrated 40 years in operation this year. The organization opened its doors in 1975 and has been working to help the hungry, homeless and low-income residences of Portland, Maine by providing free meals, food pantry service, shelter, access to clothing, phones, bathrooms, mail and other vital human resources such as health care, mental health treatment, employment opportunities and much more.
The Preble Street Resource Center Soup Kitchen is open 365 days a year, through the holidays and the cold Maine winter, and serves three meals a day — that’s more than 500,000 meals a year.
On Monday night a few volunteers from the TrueLine team gathered to help prepare, serve and clean up after a dinner service at the Soup Kitchen. We chopped veggies for salad, plated cookies and cupcakes and dished out hefty portions of jambalaya. Between two dinner waves we served nearly 300 people!
Here are some photos from our time at Preble Street…
It was a lot of work, but we had fun working together and we’re looking forward to future service opportunities with Preble Street. If you have a group interested in volunteering, you can fill out the Preble Street Volunteer form here.
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