Knights of Columbus hold benefit for Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen

SNAP benefits were reduced last November, putting more strain on families

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Saturday, people gathered in Chicopee to eat and drink to help feed hungry families.

It was a beer, wine and cheese night to help feed the hungry. Organized by the Knights of Columbus Elder Council, the proceeds stayed local to benefit Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen.

SNAP benefits were reduced last November, putting more strain on families trying to make ends meet. The cost of each ticket will feed two hungry children for nearly a week.

Andrea Marion, executive director, said “It raises over ten-thousand dollars each year and especially with the holiday season coming up and the cold with the winter months you see a lot more families come into the food pantry for food. This allows us to help facilitate the food and security problem in Chicopee.”

Lorraine’s distributed more than 400,000 pounds of food last year and figure that’s expected to increase. The Knights of Columbus Elder Council has been supporting Lorraines for the last 16 years.