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March 17, 1989 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 Corp_oral works of mercy_ Students answer call to feed the hungry v00ith work in soup kitchen The following article is the last in a series of seven articles for Lent on the Corporal Works of Mercy. The series focuses on people, places and issues in the Diocese of Evansville as we ex- amine the response to the Chris- tian call to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, visit the imprisoned, shelter the homeless, visit the sick and bury the dead. By MARY T. ELLERT Message Staff Writer Sometimes children have a Way of putting it all in perspective. For example, last weekend a child was asked why she chose to work at a soup kitchen in- stead of playing outside on a bright, sunny Saturday morn- rag. Her answer was insightful. "Jesus said to help other peo- ple and that's what we're do- ing," said Meghan Belcher, fifth grader at Christ the King School, Evansville. She added that most people would like to help others, but they usually "don't get around to it." Meghan and her classmates got around to answering Jesus' call to feed the hungry by work- ing at the House of Bread and Peace soup kitchen, which is held every Saturday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 301 S.E. First Street, Evansville. The children, who were ac- Companied by their teacher, Patty O'Neill, agreed that "it's fun to help people." They arrived at the soup kit- Chen early in the morning to set up the tables and chairs. They scurried back and forth from the dining room to the kitchen to fetch silverware, salt and pep- per shakers, glasses, ashtrays and condiments. Occasionally, an adult volunteer would ask, "Does somebody need something to do?" and immediately, a child would be at her side, ready for a new assignment. After all the preparations were finished, the children pa- tiently stood behind the tables of food and waited to serve the people who had come to eat that day. When the door to the cafeteria opened at 11 a.m., a group of hungry people quickly filled the room and formed a long line in front of the serving table. In the corner, Tiffany Aranki stood behind a table and poured glasses of milk for them. In less than five minutes, the gallon jug was empty. She quickly went throug h the second gallon, and called to a Volunteer Kelly Flynn serves Keel-Aid at the House of Bread and Peace soup kitchen. -- Message Photo by Mary T. Ellert ister Joanna Trainer, O.S.B., far left, and Patty O'Neill, far risht, give serving instructions to Meghan Belcher, Nicole Esparza, Joe Esparza and Katie Barber at the House of Bread and Peace oup kitchen. Other Christ the King students who volunteered at the soup kitchen were Tiffany ranki and Kelly Flynn. -- Message Photo by Mary T. Ellert For free management analys,s, call i JOHN STOLL 884-7379 _ Your Washington, Looootoo Field Aont classmate in the kitchen, "We're out of milk again and we need more glasses." As the people filed past the serving table, the children fill- ed their plates with large serv- ings of ham, green beans, beef stew, turkey and barbeque pork -- all donated by local businesses and institutions. Cathy Ungethum, a member of St. Boniface Church, Evansville, has been a soup kit- chen volunteer for five years. She described working at the soup kitchen as "an extension of going to church." Ungethum said "it's beautiful" to see children take an interest in helping the poor. Maybe one of these kids could grow up to find solutions to help the poor and hungry peo- ple, she speculated. Qne of the fifth graders, Katie Barber, said she would like to become the first woman presi- dent when she grows up. "The first thing I'd do is buy a home for them." Classmate Kelly Flynn chimed in, "I'd like to have them come sleep in the White House!" Sister Joanna Trainer, O.S.B., started the soup kitchen in 1982. She said it was probably the first soup kitchen in Evansville. In the early days, only men came to the soup kitchen for hot meals. Today, the group now includes women and small children. "The faces of the hungry have changed a lot since we started," she said sadly. "It seems like things are getting worse. I could cry sometimes." She protests when two of her adult volunteers describe her as "a saint." "I'm just doing what the Gospel says," she explained. Tax deductible donations to the soup kitchen can be mailed to: House of Bread and Peace, 516 Adams Street, Evansville, IN 47713. For more informa- tion, call Sister Joanna at 425-6754. f/cia!s asking President for 'bold now efforts to: Episcopal, Orthodox, Protes reduce hunger." tent and Jewish organiza John :L, May Broad for the: World the: U.S:. 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