Hobbs Soup Kitchen Feeding More People Due to Failing Economy

By Victor Lopez
NewsWest 9

HOBBS N.M.-- Isaiah's Soup Kitchen has been serving a home cooked meal to those in need for over a decade. And now, thanks to a recent donation, they can do it from their own building.

"There is a need to feed here in Hobbs, believe it or not.  I was really shocked when I first started coming down here, and seeing how many people actually come here to eat," Board Member Mike Stone, said.

Renee Madron started the soup kitchen 13 years ago.  But it's been in just the past few months, she's seen a rise in the number of people who are in desperate need of a hot meal, "We've had a big increase.  We went from 50 - 60 to like 60- 80 people.  We've had that much of an increase, almost 30 percent.  We've seen more families come that are losing their homes and lost their job, things like that."

Madron says, there's no age limit on hunger, "I have an 88 year old man, he comes in everyday and we've had infants.  Families come in with infants."

Lunch is served Sunday through Friday, from 12:30, until they run out of food.  They also have carryout service on Saturday. But as Madron explained, they serve more than just a meal, "Household needs like clothing, pots and pans, anything that people donate to us."

As much as the kitchen does for the people of Hobbs, Mike Stone says the community has really stepped up to return the kindness, "We were real lucky that US Cable has donated the internet.  Choice Furniture and Ashley Furniture Store are donating a dryer."

Dana Fisher started volunteering a couple of years ago and hasn't left since, "It's not a waste of time.  You're helping somebody.  You're being like Christ.  We need to be like Christ.  We need to help people."

Donations will be more crucial than ever in the next few weeks .  Volunteers say they expect to see an increase in the number of meals they'll be preparing.  Most of them will be going to kids who would normally get a free lunch at school.