At a time of year when most people are gathering with family and friends to celebrate the holidays, some Louisiana residents are getting a taste of the homeless life.
|Area residents receive their simple meal of soup and cornbread |
|Volunteers serve participants at the Poor Man's Supper|
Each year, just prior to Thanksgiving, an annual event dating back more than 30 years takes place at a soup kitchen in Shreveport. Christian Services, a local non-profit, sponsors the "Poor Man's Supper," a fund-raising event designed to give area residents the same dining experience as those who are hungry and homeless.
A simple meal of soup and cornbread underscores the plight of the poor and the homeless in the area. "We want to build awareness that folks in Shreveport go to bed hungry," says Brother Giovanni Reid, the director of Christian Services.
Located in the heart of the city's poorest neighborhood, the soup kitchen serves more than 200 each day. Since the dining area only seats 50, the diners must hurry through their meal to make room for the next group to be served. Each rotation begins with a prayer.
Now in its 33rd year of operation, Christian Services was one of the first organizations in Shreveport to address the issue of homelessness. In addition
|Brother Giovanni Reid, the director of Christian Services, greets those in attendance. |
|A young performing group brings emphasis to the problems the homeless face.|