Spartanburg soup kitchen opens dining room for old-fashioned Thanksgiving meal


The Spartanburg Soup Kitchen is hoping to help everyone get back to their traditional Thanksgiving.



The Spartanburg Soup Kitchen has a big Thanksgiving meal and celebrations planned for the guests during the holidays this year.  Volunteers, including Tommy Stokes, cook a meal at the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen on Monday, November 9, 2021.


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The Spartanburg Soup Kitchen has a big Thanksgiving meal and celebrations planned for the guests during the holidays this year. Volunteers, including Tommy Stokes, cook a meal at the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen on Monday, November 9, 2021.

After hosting an al fresco meal last year due to COVID-19, Director Lou Sartor is looking forward to inviting again those in need of a hot meal indoors for an old-fashioned Thanksgiving during their meal service on November 25.

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“Last year, everyone had to receive their plate from the outside. It was heartbreaking for us. We weren’t sure what the weather was going to be that day, but luckily it wasn’t raining. This year people will be able to come in, ”Sartor said.

This year’s menu is meant to evoke the feelings of a Thanksgiving at home with turkey, old-fashioned dressing, candied yams, rice and gravy, collard greens, macaroni and cheese and sweet potato and pumpkin pies. Sartor said she and her staff would come at 5 a.m. on Thanksgiving to start preparing it.

“We want to bring back the flavor of the traditional old-fashioned Thanksgiving meal,” Sartor said.

Sartor said home meal deliveries would be available to anyone in Spartanburg County. She has asked people looking for door-to-door delivery to contact the soup kitchen this week so they can get a better idea of ​​how many drivers they will need, but requests will be processed until November 24.



The Spartanburg Soup Kitchen has a big Thanksgiving meal and celebrations planned for the guests during the holidays this year.  Executive Director Lou Sartor talks about preparations for the upcoming vacation, at The Soup Kitchen in Spartanburg on Monday, November 9, 2021.


© TIM KIMZEY / Spartanburg Herald-Journal
The Spartanburg Soup Kitchen has a big Thanksgiving meal and celebrations planned for the guests during the holidays this year. Executive Director Lou Sartor talks about preparations for the upcoming vacation, at The Soup Kitchen in Spartanburg on Monday, November 9, 2021.

It’s also an important Thanksgiving for a darker reason, Sartor said. The soup kitchen plans to dedicate this Thanksgiving meal service in memory of staff member Alma Ruth Rogers, better known as Miss Ruth, who died earlier this year. Rogers worked at Spartanburg Soup Kitchen for 15 years.



The Spartanburg Soup Kitchen has a big Thanksgiving meal and celebrations planned for the guests during the holidays this year.  Executive Director Lou Sartor talks about plans and preparations for the upcoming vacation, at The Soup Kitchen in Spartanburg on Monday, November 9, 2021.


© TIM KIMZEY / Spartanburg Herald-Journal
The Spartanburg Soup Kitchen has a big Thanksgiving meal and celebrations planned for the guests during the holidays this year. Executive Director Lou Sartor talks about plans and preparations for the upcoming vacation, at The Soup Kitchen in Spartanburg on Monday, November 9, 2021.

“Miss Ruth, she loved Thanksgiving, and we just want to do so many things this year to let her know that we hope (she) is smiling from heaven because we are going to continue with what (she) loved, and that is to be. here early on Thanksgiving morning, ”Sartor said.

The soup kitchen will provide participants with an additional plate to take with them for dinner. Sartor said they will also be able to hand out bags of groceries this year.

“We’re going to have bags with cereals, maybe peanut butter and things of that nature because the kids won’t be in school for five days and that has a huge impact on people’s budgets,” Sartor said. .



The Spartanburg Soup Kitchen has a big Thanksgiving meal and celebrations planned for the guests during the holidays this year.  Executive Director Lou Sartor talks about preparations for the upcoming vacation, including a sock drive, at The Soup Kitchen in Spartanburg on Monday, November 9, 2021.


© TIM KIMZEY / Spartanburg Herald-Journal
The Spartanburg Soup Kitchen has a big Thanksgiving meal and celebrations planned for the guests during the holidays this year. Executive Director Lou Sartor talks about preparations for the upcoming vacation, including a sock drive, at The Soup Kitchen in Spartanburg on Monday, November 9, 2021.

Those in attendance can have professional family photos taken, and the soup kitchen will distribute blankets and socks to those in need. Families who anticipate needing help with Christmas gifts will also be able to fill out wish lists for their children.

The Spartanburg Soup Kitchen needs a donation of blankets to distribute for Thanksgiving. Sartor said the blankets handed out earlier in the fall were all gone. Donations of winter clothing are also supported.

Foods needed for the Thanksgiving meal include donations of white cornmeal, celery, sage, canned milk, and grated cheese.

While many of their COVID-19 safety protocols are still in place, including clear shield dividers throughout the dining room and mandatory mask wear, hand sanitization and temperature controls, Sartor is grateful. that the soup kitchen had no outbreaks and that people will be able to come in and celebrate Thanksgiving together this year.



The Spartanburg Soup Kitchen has a big Thanksgiving meal and celebrations planned for the guests during the holidays this year.


© TIM KIMZEY / Spartanburg Herald-Journal
The Spartanburg Soup Kitchen has a big Thanksgiving meal and celebrations planned for the guests during the holidays this year.

“It makes me emotional when I think about what we need to do, like a survival mode,” Sartor said. “Now people can come in and eat and celebrate Thanksgiving. This is, for me, what I am grateful for.

Thanksgiving meal service begins at 10 a.m. at the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen, 136 S Forest St. in Spartanburg. For more information or to request meal delivery, call 864-585-0022.

Samantha Swann covers Spartanburg County K-12 schools and colleges and the food scene in downtown and beyond. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina Upstate and Greenville Technical College. Contact her at [email protected]

This article originally appeared on Herald-Journal: Spartanburg soup kitchen opens dining room for old-fashioned Thanksgiving meal

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