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Copperas Cove Soup Kitchen in need of help to move to new building

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Posted at 5:57 PM, Feb 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-12 19:08:39-05

Sedrick Hopkins explained since he only works part-time, it can be hard to keep food on the table.

"I don't make much to supply myself with all the food that I need," said Hopkins.  

He shared most of his meals come from the Copperas Cove Soup Kitchen.

"It means a lot to me, because I don't have to worry about what I'm going to go eat, where I'm going to get my next meal from," said Hopkins. 

Staff at the Copperas Cove Soup Kitchen shared they serve about 700 people a month which adds up to at least $1,200 a month, and they are in need of help. 

"We have more different things that we're adding into the soup kitchen that we're doing now, and that's causing a lot more people to come to the soup kitchen, so we need a bigger building and that's what we're looking for right now," said Patrick Richardson, Executive Director of the Copperas Cove Soup Kitchen. 

Not only does the team feed people in need of food, but those involved also shared their efforts stretch much further than providing a good meal.

"Whenever I pass by and he's [Richardson] here, I'll go ahead and stop by because he helps me out, helps my dog," said Eva Olivas, a soup kitchen client. 

"They get food. He gives clothes. He gives dog food and pet foods. During Christmas he did a big thing where he gave away presents," said Dillon Smith, a soup kitchen volunteer.

The team said that is why more space is so important, and they are raising money for those efforts. 

"We have the building. We just need to prepare it and go over there. We have to move everything over. There's several things that need to be taken care of in the new building," said Richardson. 

Hopkins said he is thankful for those who give and he looks forward to the day he is also able to give back. 

"It's important that people donate to the soup kitchen, because a lot of people are less fortunate in Copperas Cove. We have a lot of homeless people here," said Hopkins. 

A GoFundMe page has been created in an effort to help the soup kitchen raise funds for their big move. 

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