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November 26, 2020 Samaritan Center Serves Thanksgiving Fixings, Donates Winter Items

01/10/2021

Thanksgiving is a day full of traditions and food, many of which overlap. At the Samaritan Center in Syracuse, feeding the hungry isn't a tradition, it's what they do every day. On today's menu: turkey with all the fixings.

Typically, the Samaritan Center would be getting ready to host hundreds of community members for a Thanksgiving feast, but instead volunteers have been working since yesterday to prepare meals to-go. 

Due to concerns over COVID-19, the center will only be letting about 50 or 60 people inside at a time, and they will be trying to keep the line moving to limit exposures as much as possible.

Representatives I've talked with from the center say this year may not feel like the family gathering of years past, but the main goal remains the same: no one goes hungry.

Hundreds of plates were given out in the first two and a half hours of service, along with other important items ahead of the winter like fresh socks, gloves and hand warmers, and other essentials like dental hygiene kits and chap stick. Volunteers say giving back is an important part of Thanksgiving.

Even without a sharing the meal, providing help during the holidays is priority number one.

"We are all very close at any time from having something to needing something. So if the community is there, than that's the only way we can continue to move forward. It's everything," said Samaritan Center Board Member Tom Resch.

To-go meals can be picked up until 2:30 p.m. Thursday. More information about the Samaritan Center can be found here.  https://spectrumlocalnews.com/share/nys/central-ny/news/2020/11/26/samaritan-center-serves-thanksgiving-fixings--donates-winter-items?cid=share_clip

 

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05/27/2019

Newschannel 9 comes to help for Founder's Day

06/19/2017

Newschannel 9’s parent company, Nexstar Media, is marking its 21st anniversary and employees are celebrating Founder’s Day with a Day of Caring. Employees were allowed to suggest local causes that were important for them to give back and, all day, employees will be working at either the Samaritan Center or ARISE at the Farm in Chittenango.

Samaritan Center makes deal to bring hungry people 'out of the basement and into the light'

06/08/2017

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The Samaritan Center, one of Syracuse's largest soup kitchens, is buying the former St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church on the North Side for its new home.

"One of the most important things is to move out of the basement and into the light," said Mary Beth Frey, director of the Samaritan Center, told Syracuse.com Tuesday.

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Samaritan Center eyeing new downtown Syracuse home

06/08/2017

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The Samaritan Center, a program that serves 300 meals daily to the poor and hungry, is in talks with the city of Syracuse about moving its operations to the former St. John the Evangelist Church on the North Side.

The former church, at 215 N. State St., is still owned by the Syracuse Diocese, but it is no longer used. A stained-glass maker who set up shop in 2010 has moved out.

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Carrie Newcomer enlightens Syracuse to 'the sacred ordinary' at Samaritan Center benefit

06/08/2017

"Because some things just have to be / Exactly what they are, / And a song must be sung / One way or another." 

Those are the last four lines of Carrie Newcomer's poem, "Singing in the Kitchen," which she read to an audience of more than 200 women and men on Sunday during a benefit concert for the Samaritan Center at Park Central Presbyterian Church in Syracuse.

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The Pour 2015 Photo Album

06/08/2017

LAFAYETTE, N.Y. -- The Beak & Skiff 1911 tasting barn was filled Saturday night for "The Pour" a fundraiser to benefit the Samaritan Center.

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See inside the Samaritan Center

06/08/2017

 

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - To walk into the current home of the Samaritan Center you must shrink a little as you wind down a tight alley and narrow stairs into a basement.

The homeless feeding operation's new location changes all that. Walking into the dining room in the former St. John the Evangelist's sanctuary feels like being wrapped in a light-filled hug, said Mary Beth Frey as she stood in the new space today.

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Samaritan Center makes deal to bring hungry people 'out of the basement and into the light'

01/16/2015

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The Samaritan Center, one of Syracuse's largest soup kitchens, is buying the former St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church on the North Side for its new home.

"One of the most important things is to move out of the basement and into the light," said Mary Beth Frey, director of the Samaritan Center, told Syracuse.com Tuesday. Read More http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/05/samaritan_center_makes_de...

Randi Bregman, Mary Beth Frey honored with The Kathy leadership award

01/24/2014

He Slept Under The Christmas Tree

12/24/2013

He slept under the Clinton Square Christmas tree: Your letters

At the holidays, the writer recalls an encounter with a homeless man who found joy in an unexpected place.

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