Belfast Mayor Samantha Paradis on July 17 recognizes Belfast Soup Kitchen volunteers Gail McCullough, left, and Margaret Webb, center. The women logged 932 hours and 1,344 hours, respectively, at the charity in 2017 and each is on track for over 1,000 hours this year.

Belfast Soup Kitchen was started more than 10 years ago by St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. After operating in several locations, it moved to its current space in Belfast Center. The church stepped away and in 2010, the Soup Kitchen incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Today it operates on gifts, grants and volunteer labor, and reports feeding more than 70 people a day, five days a week.

The organization is scheduled to appear before the Belfast Planning Board July 25 with an application for a new 3,812-square-foot building at 29 Belmont Ave., across from Hammond Lumber EBS.