UPDATE (9-16-21, 11:54 AM)
The Wheeling Soup Kitchen wanted to provide an update to their new requirements
‘The Soup Kitchen provides food to anyone in this community who is hungry. We have remained open during COVID even when the rest of the world closed down (except 2 weeks last October when our 8 person staff had/or was exposed to COVID.) The Soup Kitchen is not a government entity. We want to provide a place where our clients, volunteers, staff and visitors can be (and feel) safe. As stated, we provide food for EVERYONE, the only restriction is that you must be vaccinated to dine INSIDE OUR BUILDING. The same delicious meals are available for takeout for everyone (regardless of vaccination status). During the past 8 months we have helped nearly 300 people get vaccinated. We understand it is a personal choice and we respect the right to choose. But we also want to keep our most vulnerable population, staff and volunteers safe. Please understand that our guidelines in no way hinder anyone’s ability to get food or services at the Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling.’Wheeling Soup Kitchen
OHIO COUNTY, W.Va. (WTRF) –Wheeling’s Soup Kitchen has already helped 300 people get vaccinated. The staff at the kitchen would drive homeless to The Highlands to get their shots, but now they are offering it right on site.
To enter the dining hall, you must show proof of vaccination.
However, the kitchen is still giving out to-go meals to anyone who is unvaccinated.
That’s my vaccination card, that when people come in they show proof of vaccination.Becky Shilling-Rodocker, Executive Director of the Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling
Wheeling Health Right comes every other Wednesday to give out vaccinations, and the Kroger Pharmacy in Warwood also dishes out doses.
We’ve vaccinated here less than 20 but I have a feeling that in the next couple of weeks we’re going to be doing quite a few because of the non-admittance into the building.Cindy Wade, RN at Wheeling Health Right
The executive director hopes this will encourage more patrons, who show up to the kitchen’s door for meals, to get the COVID shot that is being given in a side-room.
“The staff all got COVID last October and it was one of the worst two weeks of our lives. We all agreed on that. Because we’ve lived through it, we know how horrible of a disease it is and if we can do something about it, we’re trying our hardest. But we understand that people do have their own right to their opinions and we respect them and make sure they still get food.”Becky Shilling-Rodocker, Executive Director of the Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling
They respect exemptions and are making sure no one goes hungry, vaccinated or not.