Damiano Center Soup Kitchen; $700K To Expand

By KBJR News 1

March 21, 2013 Updated Mar 22, 2013 at 10:45 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The Damiano Center Soup Kitchen will soon be able to accommodate thousands of its meals served with two more donations that will allow for a complete renovation.

During a launch of its capital campaign, a $100K donation from Maurices and another 100 thousand dollar donation from Minnesota Power Foundation were announced.

These funds are in addition to a Community Development Block Grant from the City of Duluth, an large anonymous donation, and money the staff helped raise.

All donations combined total more than $700K.

The executive director says construction will begin this spring and will be complete by the end of the summer.

"The theory is, the new kitchen we built and then when its ready we'll shut down the old one and start the new one. So there might be a little lag and we'll serve some way during that period but it will be a very short period when we can't just use our kitchen to serve so. Because, we won't let people go at any period of time without food," David Benson, Exec. Dir. Damiano Center, said.

The soup kitchen served more than 120 thousand meals in 2012.

Benson says after the renovation, staff employees plan to serve twice as many people.

Justin Reis, NNC.