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Encyclopedia > Soup kitchens

A soup kitchen is a place where food is offered to the poor for free or at a reasonably low price. Volunteers sometimes come in to help out. If a soup kitchen is in a reasonably large city, sometimes church groups will come and help out. Soup kitchens sometimes get their food from a food bank for free or at a low price, because they can be considered a charity. They might be located in less than average neighbourhoods to help turn it into a better place.

The notorious American gangster Al Capone financed a soup kitchen during the Great Depression, possibly to improve his image.

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