Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Despite tough times, founder of Kingsport soup kitchen says: ‘The Lord will provide’
Although Geraldine Swagerty is facing a problem she is all too familiar with, her faith remains strong.
Swagerty, who is the pastor at Full Gospel Mission Church, says 12 years ago she felt led by the Lord to “feed the people.”
With just $169 — which she and her husband, who was gravely ill at the time, had saved — Swagerty opened the Kitchen of Hope in the basement of her church on East Sevier Avenue.
The Kitchen of Hope is open from 3:30 pm. until 5 p.m. six days a week. Sunday is the only day it’s closed. When the Kitchen of Hope first opened, Swagerty said she was doing everything on her own — buying the food and cooking and serving the meals.
But the Kitchen of Hope, which depends solely on donations, is currently facing some serious financial hardships and losing volunteers.