SKOWHEGAN — The cars continue to line up and roll through, while others walk up wearing masks.
The images of this weekly labor of love look different than they did just eight months ago, but it’s Thursday night, which means a free dinner is available to all who need one thanks to the volunteers at St. Anthony’s Soup Kitchen in Skowhegan.
“It’s going well. Our numbers increase every week,” said Aldea LeBlanc, coordinator of the kitchen.
St. Anthony’s Soup Kitchen, located in the parish hall of Notre Dame de Lourdes Church on Water Street, offered a free, sit-down, hot meal for anyone in need every Thursday night prior to the start of the pandemic in March. The ministry is entirely volunteer run.
“The meals were suspended until early June when the soup kitchen resumed again,” said Nora Natale, office manager at Christ the King Parish, of which the soup kitchen
It’s a small victory for Lori Loughlin, who has gotten the OK from the judge in the college admissions scandal to serve her prison time at the facility of her choice.
The Fuller House actress, who pleaded guilty last month, has the green light from Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton to serve her two-month sentence at Federal Correctional Institution, Victorville in Calif., according to federal court documents filed on Sept. 9. It’s a medium-security federal correctional institution with an adjacent minimum-security satellite camp that houses about 300 women, about 100 miles northeast of her posh Bel-Air neighborhood in L.A.
The Bureau of Prisons has the ultimate say in where Loughlin ends up, however, but they will likely follow the judge’s recommendation. (A rep for the BOP has not yet responded to