CHAMPAIGN — The cost of feeding hungry people in Champaign-Urbana every day adds up.
And that's even when volunteers do all the work.
"It just blows me away every month," says Stevie Bennett of Champaign, treasurer of Daily Bread Soup Kitchen.
A local charity that feeds the homeless and working poor seven days a week, Daily Bread is hoping to meet some of its expenses through its primary fundraiser of the year — a dinner and music under the stars set for 6 to 10 p.m. June 15 at Alto Vineyards in Champaign.
Just about all the proceeds from the $25-per-person fundraiser will go to feed the hungry, because the entertainment is being donated by Candy Foster and Shades of Blue, Alto Vineyards is donating the use of the facility, and donations are covering much of the cost of the meal, Bennett said.
"We always serve a soup kitchen meal: soup and sandwiches and a dessert and lemonade," she said.
Wine will be available through a cash bar, she said.
Bennett said Daily Bread hopes to raise $25,000 through this event, and the organization needs it.
Daily Bread doesn't have any paid employees, but it still needs to cover $11,000 to $12,000 a month for rent, food, meeting public health regulations, cleaning, garbage pickup and other expenses, she said.
Food donations help keep food one of the smaller parts of the budget, Bennett said.
"It costs us about $100 a day for food," she added.
Daily Bread serves a hot lunch to about 200 people each weekday at New Covenant Fellowship at 124 W. White St., C, and also provides everyone turning up for that meal a sack meal to take with them.
Each Saturday and Sunday the organization serves a sack lunch including a sandwich, coffee, dessert, chips and "fruit when we can get it," from its mobile kitchen from two different parking lots in the downtown area, Bennett said.
A year ago, Daily Bread started out serving about 40 people with these weekend sack lunches, and how it's serving 200 to 250 people, she said. But not all of them are homeless.
"It's amazing how many working poor we have," she said. "If you are making $10 an hour and somebody cuts your hours, you're in trouble."
Daily Bread also helps people obtain state ID cards and birth certificates, which are necessary if they're going to secure public assistance or employment It also helps people get bus passes, though the number of bus passes it can provide is limited by the donations it receives, Bennett said.
"People are very generous in town," she adds.
Following are the phone, email and mail options for getting a ticket to the fundraiser:
To order by phone, call:
Stevie Bennett: 352-5065
Delores Sofranko: 352-3964
By email: email@example.com
To order by mail, send a check to:
PO Box 648
Champaign, IL 61824