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November 15, 2007

Tifton--One south Georgia soup kitchen is cutting down on the number of nutritious meals served to people in need.

The Tifton Soup kitchen serves about 100 people or more daily.  However, due to lack of funding, they're forced to feed fewer mouths.

When it comes to cooking, Betty Willis is a pro.

"This is the juice I'll take and put some onion in it," she says. Five days a week, you could finding her at the Tifton Soup Kitchen preparing meals for people in need.

"Anyone that comes in the door, we can't deny them because we don't know their situation. We have homeless come in. We have all walks of life come in," she says.

But since early November, the soup kitchen has had to reduce the number of balanced meals served.

"The funds are low. We're only doing it on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays," she says.

So for those who depend on Willis for food, they now have to look elsewhere. "They're sad that we're closed.  They're still coming to the soup coming to the soup kitchen on Mondays and Wednesdays looking for the meal, and we're not here," she says.

Willis is depending on the community to come to the soup kitchens rescue.  "They can easily go to the store and buy can meats, paper products, non-perishable items. We accept all donations," she says.

And she hopes it's your donations, that will eventually keep the soup kitchen open even longer. "We're hoping we'll be open back five days a week," she says.

If you would like to help the soup kitchen in anyway, you can contact them at 382-8438.  Or you can send your donations to the following address:  Tifton Soup Kitchen, P.O. Box 2203, Tifton, GA, 31793.

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