TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- A snowstorm made it a week later than planned, but plenty of soup was served up Wednesday for Operation Soup Line. The tenth-annual event brought a big lunch time crowd to the Kansas Expocentre.
As people fed themselves, they also helped feed those in need throughout the city. Doorstep of Topeka is dedicated to making necessities available to the poor.
“They help so many people,” said David Johnson, a patron at today’s event. “I mean look at all the things they do from food banks to clothing banks and rental assistance things of that nature.”
The money raised from Operation Soup Line will go Doorstep to ensure it can keep serving those in need.
“The Topeka community is so good at feeding its own, that's what we're trying to do here and come up with our own money to do that,” said Dawn Strecker, the group’s associate director.
Local VIP’s donned aprons to serve some lunch and support a local cause at the same time.
“We got to have people involved in assisting others through their work and for us to be a successful community, we all have to pull together to assist people,” said Jim Colson, Topeka’s city manager.
To offer their own assistance, patrons ate up, bid in a silent auction and enjoyed performances from Topeka students. Last year, doorstep served more than 600 people and raised about $14,000 thanks to the fundraiser. This year, officials have higher hopes.
“Two million,” said Strecker. “Come on I mean let's shoot for the stars. Anything more than the year before and even if we break even and do the same thing that we did last year I’m going to be happy because it's still, we're feeding one more family, keep on utilities for one more family, pay one month’s rent. It's worth it.”