Soup Kitchen Ministry
Old Maragatham waits impatiently for the Chetpet soup kitchen doors to open. Abandoned by her family, she lives on the streets working as a sweeper to earn a pittance. The steaming hot rice and curry she receives from the soup kitchen is the only nourishing meal she gets to eat each day in a safe and sheltered environment. As the doors open and she is greeted by CMCT staff enquiring after her. Maragatham's face lights up with pleasure as she prattles on about her day, her alignments, and the grandson she looks after. The staff members listens intently, then smiles and encourages her to come in. Maragatham has waited all day for this brief interaction, the only one she will get for the rest of the day.
First started in 1984, CMCT’s soup kitchens have provided hope, love and a listening ear to some of the most neglected and lonely people in and around Chennai city. Located in Chetpet, Mackies Garden, Chintadripet, Washermanpet and Kannigapuram the soup kitchens provide approximately 225 people with a hot, nourishing mid-day meal of rice, vegetable, fish, eggs or chicken, 6 days of the week. Most of the patrons of the soup kitchens are destitute, TB patients, the elderly, and the very poor, who are unable to fend for themselves. Either without family to care for them or abandoned they live on the streets stripped of their dignity and hope. Often, were not for the soup kitchen, a cup of coffee or tea and a stale bun would be their meal for the day. More than the food, they come to the soup kitchens for a listening ear, compassion, and the assurance that someone cares for them.
We have six Soup Kitchens in different slum areas of the city
Every week CMCT staff visit the nearby slums and after assessing their circumstances recommend the most needy to be registered for the mid-day meals. Once registered, the staff develop a close relationship with the patrons and give them personal attention, especially if some have missed a few meals, ministering to them with compassion and a servant heart.
Apart from ministering to their physical and emotional needs, morall nourishment is also provided through worship, prayer and sharing God’s word. A beautiful, uplifting program is conducted before each meal is served.
Through the soup kitchens countless have been given new hope, renewed strength and the chance to live life with the dignity and respect they deserve.
For More Details Contact :
Dr.Colleen.M.Redit : +91 9841034566
M.M.Philip : +91 9840075824
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