MOBILE, Alabama (WKRG) – In tonight’s What’s Working, the COVID-19 rush isn’t over for a local pantry. The Central Presbyterian Church feeds hundreds of families a week. Before the pandemic, they fed around 80 families per week. Now they feed 800 families in their pantries while driving.
“They have lost jobs. Food prices are so high. There are so many variables right now, ”said Connie Guggenbiller, director of the Food Pantry.
Some of Pantry’s food is donated by local grocery stores, but most must be purchased from the Feeding the Gulf Coast organization. With rising costs, Central is hoping its main fundraiser, Art Soup, will be successful this year. Art Soup takes place on November 12 outside the Saenger Theater in downtown Mobile.
The idea of fundraising is to merge art with helping the community. Local artists like LeaAyn Shurley with Moon Struck Pottery make clay bowls to use during fundraising. Customers will fill the bowls with homemade soup while listening to live music. Shurley works with the locals to mold and paint unique bowls. His art studio is housed in a room in the Central Presbyterian near the pantry. She says she’s happy to be involved.
“We see people from the community coming to the pantry every week. It’s also a good way for me to help, ”said Shurley.
Those who receive the food are very grateful.
“God knows I appreciate them. The things our family is going through. It’s really a big help, ”said Marilyn Austin.
Art Soup tickets are still available for $ 35. The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on November 12 (during LODA ArtWalk) on Joachim Street in downtown Mobile. There is food, dancing, live music and a silent auction. To purchase tickets, click here.