Frequently Asked Questions
- Who is eligible to receive meal service at Stone Soup?
- Any person who needs a meal is welcome. There are no conditions or qualifications. A few rules to foster a safe and comfortable environment are posted in each dining area.
- Where does the food at Stone Soup come from?
- A portion of our food and supplies comes from Linn-Benton Food Share, and we also receive food from local businesses, individual donations, and from SAGE and other community gardens. Unfortunately this still leaves a large remainder that we need to purchase (using donated funds) from a food service distributor or local businesses. Anyone wishing to donate food should contact stonesoupinfo(at)comcast(dot)net for more information. To donate money, send a tax-deductible check to Stone Soup Corvallis Inc, PO Box 2381, Corvallis OR 97339.
- How is Stone Soup funded?
- Primarily from private donations by individuals and some organizations.
- If someone, an organization or a business wants to donate how do they get started?
- Call and leave a message at 541-757-9725, or email stonesoupinfo(at)comcast(dot)net, or send a tax-deductible check to Stone Soup Corvallis Inc, PO Box 2381, Corvallis OR 97339.
- Does Stone Soup get money from the government?
- Yes, we sometimes get a small grant from FEMA as an emergency meal site.
- How do people donate to Stone Soup?
To donate foodstuffs, call 541-757-9725, or bring to a kitchen during open hours. Financial contributions can be sent to Stone Soup Corvallis Inc, PO Box 2381, Corvallis, OR 97339. Or go to our Help Us page to donate by credit card now.
Donations are tax-deductible.
- What does the governing or organizational structure of Stone Soup look like?
- Stone Soup is led by a nine-member Board of Directors chosen from the community. The daily operations are led by a coordinator and two site managers.
- What rules or laws does Stone Soup have to follow?
Stone Soup Corvallis Inc is subject to several sets of rules, laws and agreements:
- agreements with our two host churches,
- food safety guidelines enforced by the Benton County Department of Health,
- rules and regulations of Linn-Benton Food Share and Oregon Food Bank,
- anti-discrimination laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, or disability,
- IRS Rules for tax-exempt charitable organizations.
- Does Stone Soup get inspected?
- Yes, we have a license to serve food to the public, and are subject to regular inspections by the Benton County Department of Health.
- Does Stone Soup have paid employees?
- No, we have no paid employees at all. But we do pay for the services of a bonded accounting firm.
- What do volunteers at Stone Soup do?
A number of people help the program outside of direct meal service, e.g. ordering, laundry, or reports, but most volunteers prepare or serve meals and clean afterwards. Volunteers often work together in teams. Typical tasks include:
- gathering, sorting and storing food,
- washing, chopping, preparing, mixing ingredients,
- cooking in a soup-kettle, on a stove-top, in an oven,
- preparing and serving hot and cold beverages,
- setting up tables, wiping tables and preparing utensils,
- serving hot and cold food,
- washing pots, pans, utensils and dishes,
- putting away dry pots, pans, utensils, dishes,
- wiping counters, mopping floor, locking the door.
- How many people does it take to make a meal for 80-100 people?
- Because we are an all-volunteer program, the number of people helping with each meal service varies by the day, but we plan on about 10-15 volunteers for meal preparation, serving and clean-up.
- How do volunteers sign-up to help?
- Send an email to stonesouphelp(at)gmail(dot)com.
- How old do volunteers need to be to help at a meal-site?
- Volunteers must normally be 17 years of age or older; there are some tasks that volunteers under 18 can't do for safety reasons. Youths aged 14 to 16 may volunteer if they have signed permission from a parent or guardian, and if they are accompanied on arrival and departure by a parent, guardian, or responsible group leader; the adult must check in and out with the meal-site supervisor on arriving and departing. There must be at least one adult for every youth group, with a maximum of five youth in a group. All volunteers must make prior arrangements with our Volunteer Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org).