(Jan. 18, 2019) Residents and visitors can once again enjoy hot, homemade food during the cold winter months, provided by the Atlantic United Methodist Church’s soup and sandwich fundraiser.

The first fundraiser lunch of the new year took place on Jan. 10, where ham and bean, and chicken noodle soups were served 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 were a few of the homemade desserts offered.

“We were very successful,” Becky Yates, organizer of the event with her husband, Larry, said. “We did better than last year, we had more orders come in than last year, and the weather cooperated.”

No one has a definitive answer as to how long these soup and sandwich fundraisers have been going on, but Yates estimates it has been around 30-40 years.


During Atlantic United Methodist Church’s soup and sandwich fundraiser last year, from left, Pastor Patty Frick, Becky Yates, Larry Yates and Terry Hoption pose for a photo surrounded by homemade desserts.

On Jan. 10, 157 quarts of soup, 68 pints of soup and 101 sandwiches were sold during the fundraiser, Yates said.

More than 75 volunteers will help with the fundraiser overall, Yates said.

“It’s great camaraderie. You meet people that you might not [otherwise],” Yates said. “Not all of our volunteers are from our church. 

“This is our annual fundraiser. The funds go to our various missions and church activities and learning sessions and children’s events, such as sending kids to camp,” she continued.

The preparation for the homemade lunches starts at the beginning of the week, Yates said. Shopping or ordering the ingredients takes place a week prior and they 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 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.

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.

“The food is delicious. It’s all homemade and made with love,” Yates said.

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, Jan. 24, Feb. 7 and 21 with the same soup and sandwich selections from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dine-in sandwiches cost $5 and desserts $2. A small bowl of soup costs $5, $6 for a large. For carryout, a 16-ounce soup with a biscuit costs $6 and a 32-ounce with two biscuits is $8. Sandwiches cost $5. 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.

For more information, email atlanticumc@atlanticumc.org.

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