Jacksonville church serves up lunch for COVID-19 ‘Soup-erheroes’

Jacksonville church serves up lunch for COVID-19 "Soup-erheroes"

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Volunteers at a local church rolled up their sleeves to help medical workers fighting the coronavirus pandemic Monday.

Rob Soberay cooks meals at Lakewood United Methodist Church at least once a week.

COVID-19 put a stop to the community meals at the church.

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“It was actually a difficult thing because of my love and passion for food,” Soberay said.

Instead, he dished out and delivered soup for the “Souper-heroes” working in the emergency room at Baptist Medical Center South.

“I think it’s one of life’s simple pleasures, to be able to cook for someone and make them enjoy that mean that you prepared for them,” Soberay said.

The church’s volunteers are bagging up all the elements to make a full meal for first responders including fruit and cookies baked by a local cancer survivor.

“We’re standing with them, not just here at Lakewood, but all of use are standing with them. We’re grateful for all they do for us,” pastor Don Thompson told Action News Jax.

“It’s just a small way for us here at Lakewood to be able to pay that back,” Soberay said.