Hundreds of bowls of soup could mean a big helping of help for those in need.
Topeka's Doorstep is held its 6th-annual Operation Soup Line Wednesday at the Kansas Expocentre's Ag Hall. The event raised money for Doorstep to provide emergency food, clothing, rent, utility, transportation and medication assistance.
Doorstep Executive Director Lisa Clarke says the organization always has more requests than it can fill. She says demand has gone up and, with the tight economy and possibility of more layoffs looming, they are trying to be as prepared as they possibly can be.
Several Topeka-area VIPs served up the soup for attendees, including 13's Ralph Hipp and Melissa Brunner, along with Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins, Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh, and Shawnee County Commissioner Ted Ensley. Area school music groups provided the lunchtime entertainment.
Operation Soup Line is a major fundraiser for Doorstep. The organization is also supported by 51 area churches as well as Temple Beth Shalom.