Response to the free Monday soup kitchen over the winter was so great that local churches hope to continue the tradition through the spring and summer.

Response to the free Monday soup kitchen over the winter was so great that local churches hope to continue the tradition through the spring and summer.

Some weeks, 50 or 60 people show up at the meal, said organizer Tita Klug.

“We’ll take it one month at a time,” she said. “We’ll be here in May, then we’ll take it month by month.”

The first free Monday soup kitchen was in November. Each month, a different local church sponsored the meal and provided the volunteers, Klug explained.

The seven participating churches include the Evangelical Free Church, the Hope Community Church, the Church of the Nazarene, the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Lake Shastina Bible Church St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and the First Methodist Church.

Homemade soup, bread, dessert and a beverage are served to anyone who needs it.

On Monday, St. Anthony’s Youth Group were in charge of the soup kitchen.

Katy Ostrowski, whose daughter, Julie, was one of the volunteers, commented on the large turnout.

“It seems like there’s really a need in the community,” she said.

Klug called the idea to begin the free soup kitchen “God inspired.”

“He just put in on my heart, and the community has responded with such enthusiasm,” she said when the soup kitchen first opened. “We are here to serve all people.”

If available, free meals will be available Mondays from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Coffee Connection, 408 Mt. Shasta Boulevard in Mount Shasta.