(Jan. 9, 2020) Residents and visitors can once again enjoy hot, homemade food during the Atlantic United Methodist Church’s soup and sandwich fundraiser this winter.
The first fundraiser lunch of the new year will take place on Thursday, Jan. 16. Volunteers will serve ham and bean, and chicken noodle soups along with chicken salad and ham salad sandwiches.
An eclair cake in addition to eclairs, German chocolate cake, brownies, cookies, pumpkin pie and rum cake are a few of the desserts that will also be offered.
“Everything is homemade and prepared fresh in our kitchen,” Becky Yates, organizer of the event with her husband, Larry, said. “It’s a tradition in Ocean City, and people just love it. People support churches down here.”
The preparation for the homemade lunches starts at the beginning of the week, Yates said. Shopping or ordering the ingredients will take place a week prior and volunteers complete prep work such as chopping meat and vegetables on Tuesday and Wednesday.
At 5:30 a.m. on Thursday morning, the volunteers come to the church and start cooking the soup. A team of church volunteers help keep everything running smoothly on soup and sandwich fundraiser Thursdays.
“The community is very supportive,” Yates said. “It’s always good to have people come back.”
The biscuit makers arrive at 8 a.m. to prepare them from scratch. Then at 9:30 a.m., volunteers come in to start making sandwiches. There are also people responsible for cutting desserts.
Carry-out volunteers start filling orders, which come in by phone, in person or by fax. Each fundraiser day there will be around 20-30 volunteers involved, Yates said.
“It’s a camaraderie thing,” she said. “You get people that may not normally want to be involved in a church function. They come in and do this … and people like to do particular things. We have one person that wants to bake biscuits. We’ll have another person [who] wants to make [the dough for the] biscuits.”
When the fundraiser is over at 1 p.m., a group of volunteers come in to clean up and all leftovers are placed in coolers and offered during the free soup kitchen held every Friday at the church.
Last year, the church donated much of its leftover food to the Ocean City Coast Guard, which was left without pay for over a month and could not provide meals for its service members. The entire community had come together to donate to the Coast Guard.
“It gets basically given away to other organizations if we can’t use it, but last year, the Coast Guard was the biggest recipient,” Yates said.
Funds raised support church programs such as children’s education, music and other activities.
Local businesses in the area are huge contributors to the sales of soups and sandwiches during this fundraiser, calling in large orders for their employees.
Fundraiser lunches will also take place on Thursday, Feb. 13 and March 12, with the same soup and sandwich selections from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dine-in sandwiches cost $6 and desserts $3. A small bowl of soup costs $6, $7 for a large.
For carryout, a 16-ounce soup with a biscuit cost $6 and a 32-ounce with two biscuits is $8. Sandwiches cost $6. Guests can pay with cash or check.
The church is located at the corner of Fourth Street and Baltimore Ave. in Ocean City. For carry-out, call 410-289-7430 or fax the order to 410-289-8175.
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