The Heart of Fred Stegner: Springfield’s ‘Soup Kitchen Guy’
By RaeAnn Jent
The snow is thick, deep and falling fast. Schools have closed. Churches are canceling evening services. Few people dare venture out on the roads. But some have no choice.
Living on the streets, they long for warmth and a hot meal. Trudging across snow-piled sidewalks in below freezing temperatures, they head to the one place they know will be open on a Wednesday night. Passing a worn-down Hispanic grocery store and a drive-thru beer barn, they arrive at the Springfield Soup ...