Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen

soupOctober 16, 2015 – The Catholic Churches in Bloomington/Normal, have stepped up to take on the operations of Clare House’s soup kitchen, Loaves and Fishes. The kitchen was opened at Holy Trinity Parish Center in 1983 by Tina Sipula and moved to St. Mary’s Church in 2001. Sipula returned to Holy Trinity yesterday and spoke with Father Tony Lee to discuss how the soup kitchen could remain open. Sipula told Fr. Lee that all the volunteers would remain to work at Loaves and Fishes if they could just get a sponsor. Fr. Lee made calls to all the local Catholic parishes and the response was an overwhelming, “Yes!”

In announcing the transition of Loaves and Fishes, Father Tony Lee, Pastor of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and area vicar, said, “Time and again, Pope Francis has invited all of us to care for the poor and hungry. In December 2013, he said….’the church, each of us, as one single human SoupKitchen2 Nov 2011family, have to give a voice to all of those who suffer silently from hunger, so that this voice becomes a roar which can shake the world.’ For nearly 40 years, Tina has been this roaring voice in the Bloomington area. On behalf of the local Catholic parishes, we are grateful for her devoted service and look forward to carrying on the important work of feeding the hungry. I am grateful to St. Mary’s for their continued support and the decision of Father Ric Schneider to continue providing the space to operate the soup kitchen.”SoupKitchen4 Nov 2011

“The real success of Loaves and Fishes is the result of the many volunteers who give so generously of their time and talents. It is only because of their willingness to serve that we can continue to feed the hungry. I do not foresee any significant changes in how Loaves and Fishes does the work of
caring for the hungry in our community,” Father Lee added.

If anyone wishes to make a cash gift to Loaves and Fishes, please send checks payable to Loaves and Fishes, c/o Fr. Tony Lee, Holy Trinity Church, 711 N. Main St., Bloomington, IL 61701.

Help us Feed the Hungry.


Photos courtesy Tina Sipula