JOY Soup Kitchen and Pitt Street Brewing Company continue their combined efforts to host the JOY Soup Kitchen Food Drive which began on Nov. 1 and will last through the end of the month to conclude on Nov. 30.
Brianna Long, Pitt Street Brewing Company’s general manager, said the brewery accepts non-perishable canned goods at its location, 630 S Pitt St. Food drive participants will be entered into a raffle for various merchandise from sponsors of the month-long event Long said.
“We are running this food drive for the JOY Soup Kitchen from Nov. 2 to Nov. 30. Non-perishable items can be dropped off here at the brewery during that time. Items such as peanut butter, granola, canned soup, fruit and vegetables, beans, cleaning products, water, Gatorade, kitchen spices, etc. are accepted,” Long said in an email statement.
Long said JOY Soup Kitchen was selected because of their commitment to feeding the community. She cited the kitchen’s long-standing reputation, and said that the brewery is happy to do what they can to help.
To incentivize the food drive, Pitt Street Brewing Company has offered a number of items for raffle, Long said. The prizes include items from Sercy Spiked and Sparkling, a spiked seltzer company and Austin Eastciders, a spiked cider company, art from the Greenville Museum of Art and other items, Long said. Two items donated from participants will gain them one entry into the raffle, she said.
“For the people who donate, we have partnered with five local businesses for raffle items they can win. For every two items donated, you are entered once into our raffle. We have items from RAW Plastic, Sercy Spiked and Sparkling, Austin Eastciders, AR Workshop, and the Greenville Museum of Art. Winners for the raffle items will be drawn on Dec. 1,” Long said.
Tom Quigley, retired chef, baker and firefighter from Boston, Massachusetts, is the kitchen chair of the JOY Soup Kitchen. He said he runs the kitchen, fundraisers and procures needed supplies for the kitchen. Quigley said the kitchen has fed up to 300 people a day on average recently. Quigley works as a volunteer up to 50 hours a week, and said it doesn’t feel like work because he loves it.
Quigley said he was appointed chairman of the kitchen in January, as his passions and experiences were called upon. He said under his leadership, the kitchen has undergone renovations and partnerships have been established with local restaurants in order to provide free healthy meals to those in need.
“It’s just another business in this community that’s now stepped up, and done something. And it’s like I didn’t approach them, they’re approaching me. We’re running with it now," Quigley said.
Quigley said Pitt Street Brewing Company came to him in October and asked if the kitchen would be interested in a partnership with the brewery for a food drive. Quigley said he agreed, and was asked to provide a list of items he was in need of.
Food donations are always welcome, Quigley said. Pitt Street Brewing Company’s offer comes as a boon to the soup kitchen, among other businesses and restaurants which have offered to join the kitchen in fundraisers and activities, he said.
“They’re going to see what they can bring in, and everything they bring in we can use, I mean there’s not a day goes by that I don’t run out of something. The other day I ran out of potato chips. I took a picture of the box I put it on facebook, by the end of that day I had 20 (to) 50 packs of potato chips dropped off at the kitchen,” Quigley said.