Blessings Soup Kitchen Awarded $100,000 Grant


A local soup kitchen has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the IEDA.

According to a press release, the city of Ottumwa has been awarded a $100,000 Community Development Block Grant from the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) for the Blessings Soup Kitchen Food Program Assistance Project. The grant is part of a special round of community development funding for projects in communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant will help defray the costs of upgrading the commercial cooking equipment for Blessings. Equipment will include two commercial stoves, two commercial refrigerators, two commercial freezers, three double convection ovens, one stainless steel compartment sink, one commercial pasta cooker and one industrial washer and dryer.

“This grant will help Blessings not only meet the growing need, but also serve a wider variety of
nutritious meals.” Zach Simonson, Community Development Director

Since the start of the pandemic, the number of meals served daily by Blessings has more than doubled from 100-150 to 250-300 meals per day, while still using residential grade appliances. The grant does not require any local match. Area 15 Regional Planning Commission wrote the grant and will assist with grant administration.

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