DUE TO FIRE, TAMPA SOUP KITCHEN SEEKS DONATIONS By Roxanne Escobales05/02/06
Last Friday, the Trinity CafÃ©, a Tampa soup kitchen, had to close its doors because of a fire on its premises in the Salvation Army on Florida Avenue and East Henderson Avenue. The damage means that the non-profit organization has to find innovative ways to feed the hungry. And innovation means money. Thanks to community support and donations, today theyâ€™ve moved operations outside to the Salvation Army parking lot, and clients are being treated to a barbecue, cooked by chef Alfred Astl.
ACT: CHEF, menu
It will likely take a week or two before the Trinity CafÃ© can move back indoors. And the altered menu means the price per meal has risen.
Del Arduengo, executive director of the Trinity CafÃ©:
ACT: meals 1.16, a lot out of pocket
With over 11,000 residents without homes, Hillsborough County has the sixth largest homeless population in the country. More than 17 hundred local children are homeless.
Lesa Weikel of the Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County says thereâ€™s no one reason why someone becomes homeless. The biggest contributing factor, however, is a lack of affordable housing.
ACT: Lesa Weikel 1:06-:40
Itâ€™s a pleasantly mild afternoon under the live oak trees of Central Tampa. Those dining here today are thankful that the Trinity CafÃ© is still serving, despite the fire.
But to keep the support and good work going, the Trinity CafÃ© needs donations says its executive director Del Arduengo
ACT: Food donations donâ€™t workâ€¦money much for effective.
To give to the Trinity CafÃ©, mail donations to PO Box 320146, Tampa, Florida 33679-2146.â€¦â€¦