Soup kitchen hosted back to school event

LEXINGTON Park, Md. -- Together, everyone achieves more. By supporting those in need, The Soup Kitchen at St. Mary’s Caring provides for those who cannot provide for themselves.

The soup kitchen hosted a Back to School Blast at their location on 20850 Langley Road in Lexington Park Aug 18. The event celebrated the end of the summer shine dinners with a night of food, fun and entertainment.

The Ground Xero Wrestling Exhibition was scheduled to perform at the location, but had to move the exhibition to their training facility in Ridge, said Brian “Money” Greene, volunteer and Ground Xero representative.

“We couldn’t get the permit to do it at this location, so we are using buses to take the people down to our training facility in Ridge so people can still watch wrestling. Give us lemons and we’re going to make lemonade,” said Greene.

Children could be seen snacking on snow cones and popcorn as they participated in games and met with members of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Community Policing Patrol (C.O.P.) Unit.

Mission Barbecue also stopped by to grill hamburgers and hot dogs for the event. 

The summer shine dinners were served every Monday and Thursday evening this summer., said Kristine Millen, Executive Director.

"We don't take names or keep information on the people we serve. The only way we know that they have been through the line is they get a hard plate the first time and paper plates the second time," said Millen. 


For more information or to make a donation to the organization, call 301-863-5700 or visit their website

About the soup kitchen: St. Mary’s Caring was founded in 1993 by two Roman Catholic nuns and it was called Mary’s Song. They eventually decided to move on to other ministries, and in 1998, they dissolved their corporation and transferred the assets and responsibilities to St. Mary’s Caring. They provide breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday free of charge to those in need within our community. St Mary’s Caring has about 60 regular volunteers, and are registered with the State of Maryland as a charitable, tax exempt organization and a United Way member agency.

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