Greenfield students pitch in for soup kitchen

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The Community Soup Kitchen of Wilson County received a ton of blessings Friday thanks to Greenfield School students.

The seventh-and-eighth graders spent three weeks collecting roughly 2,000 pounds of canned food for the agency that serves Wilson’s most vulnerable population — the hungry.

In addition to the food, students raised $560 for the soup kitchen. The annual project is organized by the school’s Community Service Club.

Seventh-grader Isabelle Parker said the club gives students a chance to do something good for those who need it most.

“It makes me feel good to help people,” Isabelle said.

Seventh-grader Serenity McNair agreed.

“I love serving people,” Serenity said. “I feel like that’s why I was placed on this earth.”

Serenity said she was glad she was able to be a part of the project.

“It was very rewarding,” she said.

Laura Leslie Crudup, a Greenfield language arts teacher and organizer of the project, also attends St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church.

“It’s our big project for the year,” Crudup said. “It’s amazing they’ve been able to do all this.”

Crudup said delivering the food to the soup kitchen gives students a chance to see the agency’s mission in action. The soup kitchen feeds at least 125 people each day, she added.

She said the project opens students’ hearts and minds to the realities of hunger and homelessness that’s in Wilson.

“It just reminds them how fortunate they are and they can give back to the community by doing this,” Crudup said. “It’s their one opportunity at this age to do something like this to help others.”