BELFAST — Athenahealth recently presented a $25,000 grant through its athenaGives program to the Belfast Soup Kitchen toward its new facility.

The soup kitchen provides nutritious meals five days a week year-round. During the last three years, the soup kitchen increased the number of meals served from 14,000 to 21,000 per year and outgrew its rented space. Existing buildings in the area were not suitable to support the soup kitchen’s ongoing work.

Belfast Soup Kitchen aims to address the root causes of hunger and poverty for the people and families of Belfast and surrounding Waldo County communities by offering food, preventive health care, educational opportunities, and more.

“The soup kitchen’s mission aligns exactly with the core values of the athenaGives program — food security, access to health care, and STEM education,” according to the gift announcement from athenahealth.

Thanks to a few generous donors, along with athenahealth’s recent donation, the soup kitchen is now housed in a new 3,500-square-foot building at 31 Belmont Ave. in Belfast. “The new building will be an anchor and a community resource to assist the most vulnerable people in the area,” the press release said. Built with an environmentally sustainable design, ergonomic commercial kitchen area, and large food storage room, the main seating area in the building can accommodate 80-plus guests at one seating.

Currently, the Soup Kitchen is providing curbside service only, with masks and social distancing requested. Meals and food donations are available Monday through Friday, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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