By Melody Vallieu
TROY — A Christmas Day meal in Miami County is only a phone call away for anyone in need.
For the second year, instead of having an eat-in meal at St. Patrick Soup Kitchen, volunteers will bring Christmas dinner to your door, according to St. Patrick Soup Kitchen Director Dick Steineman.
Steineman said in the past, the free Christmas meal was offered at the soup kitchen, however, in the past two years, volunteers have been bringing the meal to those in need.
Steineman said volunteers fed more than 1,400 people last year.
“We reach more people with delivery,” Steineman said. “We have so many people that want to volunteer, we thought we would give this a try.”
Steineman said those who would like a meal — Miami County residents only — must make a reservation by leaving a clear, understandable message at (937) 335-7939, with their name, address, phone number and the quantity of meals desired.
Steineman said food will arrive by way of volunteer drivers between noon and 4 p.m. on Friday, Christmas Day.
The feast will include turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, green beans, stuffing, cranberry sauce and a dessert.
Steineman said St. Patrick Soup Kitchen could not serve the more than 27,000 meals that they serve each year without the help of the community. He said donations of food — including holiday hams and turkeys area residents receive from their employers — have been coming in for weeks.
The Troy Foundation, Miami County Foundation and Duke Foundation also offers support to the soup kitchen each year, he said, along with some businesses.
“Just the whole generosity and the help we have received at the soup kitchen this past year,” Steineman said. “We just really appreciate that so much.”
The soup kitchen will host an open house from 6 – 9 p.m. on Dec. 17.
Volunteers are needed to prepare and deliver the meals. Anyone interested in helping can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Melody Vallieu can be reached at (937) 552-2131 or follow her on Twitter at @TroyDailyNews