Soup Kitchen’s “Sponsor A Lunch” Program Returns
The Soup Kitchen In Provincetown (SKIP) re-opened on November 4 and is once again offering individuals, businesses, and organizations the chance to underwrite a day’s meal while gaining a little community appreciation and a tax deduction.
Through its “Sponsor a Lunch” program, SKIP will announce and publicize contributors of $250 or more through its Facebook page and the Provincetown Community Facebook page. In addition, the donor’s generosity will be posted on a signboard in the dining room the day of their sponsored lunch. SKIP meals are served at the Provincetown United Methodist Church on Shank Painter Road.
SKIP spends an average of $250 per day on food to prepare more than 125 meals. That’s after food donations from the Greater Boston Food Bank, local restaurants, businesses, and individuals. The “Sponsor a Lunch” program enables individuals and businesses to donate the $250 that SKIP needs each day. Donations may be made by check to SKIP, P.O. Box 538, Provincetown, MA 02657, or online at skipfood.org. Donors must indicate how they would like their gifts listed.
“This program will bring SKIP much-needed funding for the hearty meals prepared daily by our many volunteers, who operate a remarkable community resource,” said Philip Franchini, chairperson 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 a Monday through Friday lunch in the dining room or a Friday “to-go” meal for the weekend. They will also be sent a thank-you/receipt, and, because SKIP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, all donations are tax-deductible.
Contributions may be made in honor of a person or a group. For example, one donor made his gift in the name of his newlywed friends. Other donors have given sponsorships as birthday gifts. Donations can also be made anonymously.
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 Franchini.
SKIP will serve an estimated 15,000 meals in its 2019-2020 season. “SKIP not only provides a delicious meal but also a sense of community during the winter months, when people can sometimes feel isolated,” said Franchini.