By Marnie McAllister, Record Editor
The Franciscan Kitchen on Preston Street, near downtown Louisville, spends about $6,300 on green beans each year, serving 18-20 industrial-sized cans of the side dish at one meal.
About 500 homeless and hungry people dine at the soup kitchen daily Monday through Friday, plus some Saturdays each month. It’s supported solely by donations, receiving no funding from government-sponsored programs.
Its green bean budget received a boost last fall from the 2016 Catholic Relief Services Collection, which is scheduled again for this weekend.
The Catholic Relief Services Collection provides funding for the overseas work of the U.S. church. It helps families who have fled Syria, drought-stricken Ethiopia and people in more than 100 other countries around the world.
But a quarter of the collection stays right here in Kentucky. Last year’s collection of $117,950 is providing green beans to Franciscan Kitchen and support to four other charities in Kentucky.
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