The Frugal Gourmet

Costa Mesa soup-kitchen volunteer feeds families after brush with deportation

Since being released from Terminal Island, Kevin says he camps out in a tent—he declined to say where out of fear he'll be arrested for illegal camping, which could get him deported. He says he gave immigration authorities the soup kitchen's address, so "they know where to find me" if they decide to deport him. "One of these days, they'll pick me up and I'll be gone," he said.

All the hungry mouths keep Kevin and the rest of the kitchen's volunteers incredibly busy. "I also mop floors—whatever they need," he said. "It keeps me out of trouble. I really like working here. Feeding people every day is a humbling experience."

Someone Cares Soup Kitchen gladly accepts contributions. Mail them to P.O. Box 11267, 720 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa, CA 92627.

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