Ocean City Today

Annual soup and sandwich lunch returns to AUMC

By Kara Hallissey | Jan 18, 2018
During Atlantic United Methodist Church’s soup and sandwich fundraiser last Thursday, Pastor Patty Frick, Becky Yates, Larry Yates and Terry Hoption gather for a photo surrounded by homemade desserts.

(Jan. 19, 2018) Atlantic United Methodist Church’s soup and sandwich fundraiser – a “Thursday must” and wintertime favorite for Ocean City residents – has returned to warm up the cold days.

The first fundraiser lunch of the new year took place on Jan. 11, where navy bean and ham and vegetable beef soups were served along with chicken salad and ham salad sandwiches. An eclair cake in addition to eclairs, German chocolate cake, cranberry muffins, coconut cake, pumpkin pie and pineapple upside down cake were a few of the homemade desserts offered.

“There is a lot of camaraderie and fellowship among church members coming together for a common cause,” said Becky Yates, organizer of the event with her husband, Larry. “No one could do it last year and there were a lot of questions [from repeat customers.] The community involvement is great and we have a reputation with people who have been here before. Some customers come back every year.”

The church receives “a lot of help from about 30 to 40 volunteers” to make the fundraiser a success.

Betty Kurka, 92, and Virginia Harmon, 97, have been cashiers for the Methodist Church’s soup and sandwich fundraiser since its inception.

“We enjoy being around the people. It helps the church and we both work in the thrift shop too,” Harmon said.

The preparation for these local lunch favorites starts at the beginning of the week, Yates said.

Shopping or ordering the ingredients takes place a week prior and they complete prep work such as chopping meat and vegetables on Tuesday and Wednesday.

At 5:30 a.m. on Thursday morning, the volunteers come to the church and start cooking the soup. On Jan. 11, nine pots of soup were prepared.

A team of church volunteers help keep everything running smoothly on soup and sandwich fundraiser Thursdays. The biscuit makers arrive at 8 a.m. to prepare them from scratch. At 9:30 a.m., volunteers come in to start making sandwiches. There are also people responsible for cutting desserts. Carry-out volunteers start filling orders, which come in by phone, in person or by fax.

When the fundraiser is over at 1 p.m., a group of volunteers come in to clean up and all leftovers are placed in coolers.

No one has a definitive answer as to how long these soup and salad fundraisers have been going on, but the estimate is close to 40 years.

Local businesses in the area are huge contributors to the sales of soups and sandwiches during this fundraiser, calling in large orders for their employees.

The Town of Ocean City sends a carry-out fax each time the fundraiser is held. Last Thursday, the Bank of Ocean City, Quiet Storm and the Harrison Group were a few placing orders.

On Jan. 11, 142 quarts of soup, 89 pints of soup, 112 sandwiches and 501 biscuits were sold during the fundraiser, Yates said.

Fundraisers will also take place on Jan. 25, Feb. 8 and 22 with the same soup and sandwich selections from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sandwiches cost $5 and desserts $2. A 16-ounce soup with a biscuit costs $5 and a 32-ounce with two biscuits is $6. Pepsi products and coffee are available for $1. Guests can pay with cash or check.

The church is located at the corner of Fourth Street and Baltimore Ave. in Ocean City. To make a carry-out order, call 410-289-7430 or fax the order to 410-289-8175. For questions, email atlanticumc@atlanticumc.org

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