A former Navy commander, Captain David Schnell retired honorably from service in 2010. Since that time, Captain David Schnell has assumed leadership of Christ’s Kitchen, a hunger outreach program in San Diego, California.
For those who rely upon soup kitchens, the benefit goes far beyond that of a single hot meal. For some families, food distributed at no charge allows hard-earned wages to go toward rent, fuel, and medication. This alone can help a family keep a roof over their heads. For those without a roof of their own, the soup kitchen provides a safe haven, as well. Soup kitchen managers often report patrons lingering longer than it takes to eat a meal, enjoying the refuge from the elements and the fellowship of others.
Soup kitchens offer food without question and without eligibility verification, which enables patrons to get what they need without having to prove income or family status. Similarly, a soup kitchen gives a person a place to go with no strings attached, a luxury often difficult to obtain in a world of private property and secure buildings.