A Tulsa Soup Kitchen Faces Growing Demand

Therecession is long gone, but the improvements in the economy and thejob market haven't filtered down.

Someof our poorest neighbors are still facing difficult times.

That'sclear every morning, when the doors open for breakfast, at the IronGate Soup Kitchen downtown.

Theyfeed the hungry and the homeless from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. 365 days ayear.

Peoplecan also come in once a month and get groceries from their foodpantry.

TheIron Gate is run on private donations.

Sothey don't get any government funding or United Way money.

Theyalso do things a little differently, than many soup kitchens.

Whilethey are housed in the Trinity Episcopal Church, it's not a religiouscharity.

Thechurch is open to anyone upstairs, but a meal doesn't come withprayers and a sermon.

OperationsManager Matt Mitchell, says they have their hands full these days,providing enough food.

They'reseeing a lot more families in need, at their food pantry.

Asa result, it can be a challenge to keep all the food they need onhand.

It'salso hard to provide enough hot meals.

Inthe last few years, they've gone from 400 plates a day to almost 900.

Hesays when it comes to donations, they'll take whatever they can get,and stretch it into as many meals as possible.