Vote for Soup Kitchen in the “Pepsi Good Idea Grant Challenge for 2010” to help end hunger

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carole rosner90BY CAROLE ROSNER

San Fernando Valley residents and Millikan Middle School parents Jamie and Lynn Klein have put a challenge out to the community and to the nation — eat two bowls of soup a week and help end hunger in your community. The Kleins can make this declaration because for every package of Soup Kitchen Inc.’s dry soup mix they sell, they donate a package to local food banks. In fact, in the two years that the Kleins have been in business, Soup Kitchen Inc. has donated almost 20,000 portions of soup.

Lynne and Jamie Klein.

Lynne and Jamie Klein. Photo: Carole Rosner

Now, they are vying for  the “Pepsi Good Idea Grant Challenge for 2010.” The top grant award would enable the Kleins to ramp up production and distribution and get more soup to more people in need. Voting ends February 28th for the February award. If Soup Kitchen Inc. doesn’t get enough votes to rank as #1 or #2, there is a possibility that their proposal will be re-evaluated the next month but that is only if their rating is high enough. It’s easy to vote daily at (with minimal registration).

Jamie Klein has been a chef for over 25 years and has worked in all areas of the food industry. He arrived at a point in his career where he wanted to feed the people that need it the most.

Soup Kitchen soups come in five flavors.

Soup Kitchen soups come in five flavors.

“This isn’t a hand out, it’s a hand,” Jamie explained. By giving an equal portion of what’s sold to local food banks, Soup Kitchen Inc. provides tasty, hand crafted, healthy soup for everyone who wants it.

Five flavors of nutritionally sound, preservative- free, vegan (no animal products) dry soup mix are currently for sale either on-line at or at a few neighborhood stores (Full O’ Life in Burbank and Follow Your Heart in Canoga Park). Delicious, full flavored soups include Black Bean, Lentil and Corn Chowder. The soups are packed with top quality vegetables like diced potatoes, black beans, green bell peppers, zucchini and red onions.

Jamie Klein hosts an in-store tasting.

Jamie Klein hosts an in-store tasting at Full O' Life in Burbank. Photo: Courtesy Lynn and Jamie Klein

Each package of soup mix makes two 8oz. portions and retails between $3.50 and $4.00. There are bigger sizes available when you want to serve a larger group.

Every month, Jamie and Lynn calculate where the soup is purchased by zip code and tally up the sales by area. Soup donations are made monthly to Feeding America, a network of over 200 regional food banks.

In Los Angeles, the donations are made to The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and distributed around town to places like the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry. The Kleins said food banks also buy Soup Kitchen Inc.’s soups for their clientele. This works out well because the food banks are technically getting “two soups for the price of one.”

For every package of soup sold another package is donated to local food banks.

For every package of soup sold another package is donated to local food banks.

Help the Kleins keep giving by getting out your vote —

Soup Kitchen, Inc. Donations can also be sent to: 12642 Moorpark Street Suite 3 Studio City, CA 91604

Carole Rosner is a native Valley Girl who took the school bus with Michael and Janet Jackson and worked at the Sherman Oaks Galleria in its heyday. She likes to spend her free time finding bargains at Crossroads Trading Company, eating Chinese chicken salad at Stanley’s and admiring the view from Fryman Canyon. Check out her new blog: – reading, watching and eating.

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  • Lisa H.

    Thanks for getting the word out about this Carol. Good folks, good cause.

  • Free Food

    Voted…done. It only took 30 seconds. I will tell my friends. Good luck with the grant. I hope you get it!

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