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Vandalized soup kitchen reopens in Harrisburg

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

A Harrisburg soup kitchen damaged by vandals last week is serving meals once again.

The St. Francis of Assisi Soup Kitchen on Zarker Street reopened Wednesday afternoon.

Vandals broke into the soup kitchen July 28 and emptied two fire extinguishers.

A lot of the food and all of the pots, pans and utensils had to be thrown out.

The soup kitchen serves between 90 and 150 people a day.

An anonymous donor gave the soup kitchen an all-expense paid shopping spree at the Restaurant Store near the Capital City Mall. Johatha Palmer, who runs the kitchen, said she was able to purchase $2,000 in new pots, pans and mixing bowls.

"It's good to know there are still kind-hearted people in the world," Palmer said. "I just want to thank the whole community from the bottom of my heart."

The soup kitchen is hoping to install a security system in the future.

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