Pancake dinner, food drive benefit Feed'em

DeKALB – Feed’em Soup Community Project’s pancake dinner is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 15 at 122 S. First St. in DeKalb. There will be a lunch seating (limited to 150 people) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a dinner seating (limited to 350 people) from 4:30 to 8 p.m.

Chef Alex Smith will offer four varieties of gourmet pancakes, plus sausage and fruit. Diners can choose from mixed berry pancakes (blueberry, raspberry and strawberry), Elvis pancakes (peanut butter, bananas and chocolate chips), cinnamon roll pancakes (brown sugar, cinnamon and gooey homemade icing) and bacon pancakes (pieces of fresh-cooked bacon mixed into the batter).

There will be live music during the dinner service by local band Yesterday’s News.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at or at the door. Tickets are $10; children 5 and younger eat free. All proceeds fund Feed’em Soup.

The Housing Authority of the County of DeKalb will collect canned goods and dry goods through Feb. 15 to benefit Feed’em Soup Community Project.

Feed’em Soup’s mission is simple: fresh, home-cooked meals available to everyone. Their approach is different: servers waiting on guests, real china and silverware, live music and other amenities as guests receive a restaurant-style sit-down meal free of charge. Feed’em Soup serves every Wednesday and also maintains a clothing closet and food pantry.

The food pantry has become a vital asset to Feed’em Soup guests. The food pantry stocks a variety of food to help guests get through the days in between the community meals.

Nonperishable food items can be donated to the housing authority’s drive Monday through Friday in collection boxes at four locations: Golden Years Plaza, 507 E. Taylor St. in DeKalb from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Civic Apartments, 350 N. Grant St. in Sycamore from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; The Housing Authority Main Office, 310 N. Sixth St. in DeKalb from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Briarwood Apartments, 3345 Resource Parkway in DeKalb from 9 a.m. to noon.

The theme for the food drive is “give the good stuff.” The housing authority is asking that people donate high-nutrition foods like peanut butter, canned tuna and canned vegetables, rather than snack foods or “those foods from the back from the cabinet that rarely get eaten.”

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