Feed’Em Soup founder steps down as president

Feed’Em Soup founder David Lumpkin is stepping down from his role as company president after two years.

“I am sad to leave…but I know that for Feed’Em Soup to grow there must be a change and I know that change, in this instance, is a good thing,” Lumpkin said in a press release. “It has been a life changing experience that I will never forget.”

Shabbona resident Randi Kennedy will take Lumpkin’s place as acting president of Feed’Em Soup.

“I’m excited, honored and motivated all at the same time,” Kennedy said. “I couldn’t thank the founding members enough for giving me the opportunity to lead such a fantastic organization.”

Feed’Em Soup, 122 South First St. in DeKalb, has also filled three other vacant positions on the board of directors.

David Marx, aircraft mechanic for American Airlines and DeKalb resident, joined the board as property director. Mike Ryan, 3M worker and DeKalb resident, joined the board as treasurer and Samantha Hunt, showroom consultant for W.M. Meyer plumbing and supply company and Waterman resident, joined the board as secretary.

“I am extremely honored to be asked to take on the duties as treasurer at Feed’Em Soup,” Ryan said. “I have been volunteering at the meals so I have been able to see firsthand what a wonderful group of people they all are. Each and every member and volunteer there understands the needs of the community and they are all willing to get involved and help.”

Kennedy said she hopes to continue the work of the founding members.

“Feed’em Soup is already great, and does so many things well, that’s one of the reasons I became more involved,” Kennedy said. “My plan is to make Feed’em Soup diverse and ever changing with the needs of our community through services that lift up those in need.”

The group is celebrating its move to a new building with an “All You Can Eat Spaghetti Fundraiser” Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. The spaghetti dinner will be $7.50 per person, and all children under 5 are free with a paying adult.

“Our entire program is funded completely through private donations and local business sponsors,” Kennedy said in a press release. “Events like this raise funds to ensure the success of our project and increase our ability to serve the growing need.”

Ryan said the move to the new building has left the organization low in money.

“We will have some challenges this upcoming year as our move to the new facility greatly depleted our finances, but we seem to always have one benefactor or another step up to the plate and help out,” Ryan said. “This past week Great Clips made a $1,000 donation because they believe in what we are doing. It’s this kind of support from the community that will make this organization continue to give the love and nourishment our clients have come to expect from us.”