Giving Joy At The Master’s Table Soup Kitchen

January 11, 2018

Volunteer Doris Lovette prepares to serve carrots grown in our Master’s Table Garden at The Master’s Table Soup Kitchen in downtown Augusta.

Doris Lovette knows the face of hunger. Growing up in an impoverished area of South Augusta she knew that many around her were struggling, though her family was always blessed with enough to eat.

“Once when I was a little girl, I saw a man digging through the trash for food in our neighborhood. That touched me in a very strong way,” she remembers. As an adult, Doris wanted to find a way to help those in our community who are still struggling with hunger.

As soon as she began volunteering at The Master’s Table Soup Kitchen, she knew she had found what she was looking for. Golden Harvest’s signature soup kitchen has served the needs of the hungry in downtown Augusta for over 30 years. About 300 hot meals are served to those in need there each day, 365 days a year.

In her time serving at the soup kitchen, Doris has found a community of hope for those facing hunger. “Every now and then, I’ll see someone I grew up who has fallen on hard times come here for help,” she says; “Volunteering here gives me a way to share my joy with them, to encourage them that things can change- to say, keep your head up!” Doris knows it’s about much more than food for both those who serve at The Master’s Table and those who visit for a hot meal.

“Food means so much to all of us- it connects one soul to another. Being able to serve food here at the soup kitchen means a lot. It feeds the soul,” she beams; “It does my heart good to serve, to share the ray of joy that God has given me with others.”