Reenders was manning the ticket table in the front of the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Family Center, where an estimated 300 were expected at the event that raises funds for grants for local food banks and homeless programs.
Long before the soup line was scheduled to open at 11:30 a.m., the parking lot was full and the lobby overflowing.
Co-coordinator Joyce Clegg gave the signal for the serving to begin about five minutes early.
Half an hour later, she stopped for a breather and smiled as she looked around the room at the full tables.
“This is great,” she said.
As predicted, the goulash from Did’s Deli was the first “soup” to run out.
Other favorites included Morning Star’s surprise soup — spinach curry, Carol & Company’s potato corn chowder and Consider It Done’s wild rice creamy mushroom.
Reenders said it would be a few days before all the proceeds were tallied, but she and Clegg were hopeful that more money was raised this year than last year.
Clegg said all of the funds raised will be distributed back into the community.
Fund applicants will be interviewed in December.