Helpline spoons up relief with SoupPort fundraiser

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For seven years, Helpline in Walla Walla has gone through the stomach to reach the community’s heart.

They’re at it again this year, with the annual SoupPort fundraiser on the menu for April 17, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Supporting the mission of the nonprofit agency is as “simple as soup and bread,” organizers say in a press release.

Helpline provides a number of emergency services to eligible families in Walla Walla, such as housing, medical and utility assistance and food and transportation subsidies.

Helpline also runs the STEP Shelter for homeless women, helping with securing permanent housing through structured case management and referrals to broader community social services.

For $25, fans of Helpline can raise a spoon to help the organization continue its work. A ticket offers a hand-painted bowl — a take-home souvenir after lunch — filled with a choice of a savory soup prepared by Wine Country Culinary Institute students, with a side of homemade breads from local bakeries.

Soup options this year include chicken noodle, cream of broccoli, cream of tomato with basil, garden vegetable, seafood chowder and split pea and ham.

While supping on soup, diners will be entertained by local pianists Mark Brown and Sam Kirtley.

The lunch will be in Blanchet Hall of St. Patrick Catholic Church, 425 W. Alder St.

Tickets can be purchased at Earthlight Books, 321 E. Main St., and at the Helpline office, 1520 Kelly Place, Suite 180. For more information call 529-3377.

Sheila Hagar can be reached at 509-526-8322 or sheilahagar@wwub.com.

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