Article from the Enfield Patch:
By Tim Jensen, Patch Staff
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Nov 13, 2020 12:38 pm ET
ENFIELD, CT — After nearly four decades aiding the hungry at the former St. Andrew’s Church on Prospect Street, the Enfield Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen will soon continue its mission in a larger facility closer to Enfield town hall. According to Enfield property records, Enfield Loaves and Fishes, incorporated in 1982, has purchased the building at 23 North Main Street for $420,000. The site, across from Freshwater Pond on the corner of Church Street, has been the home of Silvia’s International Restaurant and Banquet Facility since 1999.
Francie Berger, managing director of finance and administration for the soup kitchen, said the acquisition is timely in view of the Corona Virus pandemic.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to forego our usual method of serving meals indoors,” Berger said. “Instead, our visitors must line up outdoors to receive their meals in takeout containers. While we have been fortunate to have experienced mild weather to date, winter is coming and we do not want to have our clients wait in the cold and snow for their meals.”
Renovations on the new building are slated to begin next week. A major fundraising campaign to help with construction costs is being planned.
“COVID has hit our families, friends, and neighbors hard and the need for our services has skyrocketed,” Berger said. “We are excited to kick off this project to allow us to better serve our community.”
Berger said the nonprofit organization hopes to have its new facility ready just before Christmas.
“I am uncertain as to how realistic that might be, but all involved will be doing their best to get the job done,” she said.
Silvia Salvari, the owner of Silvia’s and a longtime volunteer chef for the soup kitchen, said she will soon be opening the Thompsonville Cafe bar and grill at 28-30 Pleasant Street.