Food is a favorite at the Street Fair in downtown Bismarck.
“And it’s perfect soup weather!” says Mark Meier.
Which means it’s a good day for soup people like Mark and Mary Meier.
And even if it’s their first time at the fair, you might recognize the name: Soup Cafe.
They were the only soup kitchen in Bismarck.
It was closed last year.
“We had the Soup Cafe operating for over six years. We were busting at the seams. Serving about 200 a day, but our lease wasn’t renewed So we ended up having to close in June of 2015,” says Meier.
After a lot of work, they’re back with a new building.
Now they’re working even harder to fill it with things many take for granted.
“There will be almost three times the seating… We want to add amenities like showers. Things like washers and driers,” says Meier.
They’re at the fair to fundraise.
All of the soup sold here will be sold at the kitchen.
Meier says they have a long way to go to get enough money to furnish their building, but they hope to be open sometime in February.
When snowy weather will make their soups even tastier.
Meier says he and his wife were edging driveways and sidewalks to make ends meet while the Soup Cafe was closed.
The new soup kitchen will be open to more than just the homeless, but also the working poor and elderly.