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Charity delivers warm meals to Pendleton's hungry

Oct 4, 2010 12:10:00 AM - thestate.com
Charles Smith said he would stop taking warm meals from his friends at a Pendleton charity as soon as he started feeling guilty about it.

"I'm not totally disabled," said Smith, who has lost most of his vision, "except when it comes to cooking."

Supper on Us, Pendleton, also known as SOUP, takes three meals a week to about 75 residents in the area. Almost 40 volunteers work in rotation at charity headquarters in the kitchen of the First Baptist Church of Pendleton.

The work started two years ago with 20 shut-ins that SOUP co-founder and First Baptist member Margie Whelchel identified at the church.

Whelchel was already taking Wednesday night supper to older church members who couldn't get out of their homes. In 2008, she was shopping at the Pendleton Bi-Lo and asked the manager the fate of surplus produce and bakery goods. It was all going to Greenville, she learned, because no one locally had ever asked for it.

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