DUE TO FIRE, TAMPA SOUP KITCHEN SEEKS DONATIONS By Roxanne Escobales

05/02/06

Last Friday, the Trinity Café, 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 they’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 Café can move back indoors. And the altered menu means the price per meal has risen.

Del Arduengo, executive director of the Trinity Café:

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 there’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

It’s a pleasantly mild afternoon under the live oak trees of Central Tampa. Those dining here today are thankful that the Trinity Café is still serving, despite the fire.

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But to keep the support and good work going, the Trinity Café needs donations says its executive director Del Arduengo

ACT: Food donations don’t work…money much for effective.

To give to the Trinity Café, mail donations to PO Box 320146, Tampa, Florida 33679-2146.……

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