Belfast Soup Kitchen’s board of directors is conducting a capital fundraising campaign to support construction of a new home at 29 Belmont Avenue. Substantial progress is evident at the site; completion is anticipated by January. Campaign proceeds will be used to retire a construction loan of up to $350,000 with the goal of opening the new facility without debt.

Funds raised will also be used to establish a reserve account to guarantee financial stability, allow for extended hours, and provide a salary for an executive director, a new position. The new facility will allow for cooperation with other Belfast service groups for programs such as health screenings, adult literacy and nutrition education.

Belfast Soup Kitchen is open five days a week, year-round, at its current location in Renys Plaza, and serves all who come from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a coffee hour, followed by hot lunch, including take-home bags of produce and baked goods.

Contributions to the capital campaign or toward ongoing operations can be sent to P.O. Box 1153, Belfast, ME 04915. For more information, visit belfastsoupkitchen.org.