By Lt. Michael Smith, AA/Public Information Officer
Ironwood State Prison
A soup kitchen serving the needy instead found themselves in need after burglars left their pantry bare but the employees at Ironwood State Prison were ready to help.
ISP employees donated five boxes of canned goods and food to Harmony Soup Kitchen just before the Thanksgiving holiday.
Harmony Kitchen provides daily meals to the homeless and less fortunate people of Blythe. It is strictly a volunteer service led by kitchen manager Shadow Lindsey.
Burglars swiped much of the holiday food from the soup kitchen’s pantry.
Acting Warden Neil McDowell and Community Resource Manager (CRM) Carey Ochs met with Lindsey on a recent morning to deliver the food.
She provided a tour of the kitchen, their food pantry and introduced the Warden to the kitchen’s volunteer staff.
She said the Blythe community really stepped up following the burglary and through donations they received five times the amount of food which was stolen.
They thanked Warden McDowell for ISP’s donation and said it came at the perfect time, just before Thanksgiving.
The kitchen staff was preparing to serve the daily lunch as they do Monday through Friday, year round.
“It was a pleasure to meet Shadow and all the volunteer staff. They do an amazing job and provide a valuable service to our community,” said Warden McDowell.