Announcements: October 12, 2017

October 11, 2017 12:00 pm0 commentsViews: 4

ANNOUNCEMENTS-img-WEBSponsor a Lunch Program Returns

The Soup Kitchen In Provincetown (SKIP) is once again offering organizations, businesses, and individuals the chance to underwrite an entire day’s meal while gaining a little notoriety and a tax deduction at the same time.

Through its “Sponsor a Lunch” program, SKIP will announce and publicize all contributors of $250 or more through its own Facebook page, the Provincetown Community Space Facebook page, and other means. The average cost of food for its daily lunch for roughly 100 people is approximately $250. Checks may be sent to SKIP, P.O. Box 538, Provincetown, MA 02657, Attention: Susan.

“This program will help bring SKIP much-needed funding to better equip our many volunteers, who operate a remarkable community resource,” said Daniel Elias, chairman of the SKIP board of directors.

With a donation of $250 or more, a person or group will be named SKIP’s Sponsor of the Day. Contributors will be assigned the next available day from Monday through Friday and informed of that date in a thank-you letter mailed upon receipt of their check. Sponsor a Lunch contributors will also be touted in a Provincetown Banner ad. In addition, their generosity will be posted on the menu board at the United Methodist Church on Shank Painter Road, where lunch is served daily. Because SKIP is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, all gifts are tax-deductible.

“The Sponsor a Lunch program has been one of the soup kitchen’s most successful fund raisers,” said Philip Franchini, SKIP’s vice-chairman. Contributions may be made in honor of a person or a group. For example, one donation was made in honor of the donor’s newlywed friends. “What a wonderful way to show your appreciation to the volunteers and the hundreds Outer Cape residents who benefit from our daily lunches,” said Elias.

Open to all, the soup kitchen operates weekdays November through April, serving hot, nutritious meals. Guests begin gathering at noon for the 12:30 p.m. lunch, mingling with friends or browsing the adjoining thrift shop. “The daily lunch can fill the gap in a winter economy that stretches the budgets of many people whose incomes are seasonal,” said Elias.

SKIP will serve an estimated 13,000 meals this winter. “Besides offering a place for the delicious food our volunteers prepare and serve each day, the soup kitchen helps build a sense of community,” said Elias. “That can be even more important during the winter months, when people sometimes feel isolated and even marginalized.”

Sponsorship or other SKIP-related questions should be directed to [email protected]