Soup kitchen closed due to sinkhole

Published: Dec 31 2013 07:12:21 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 31 2013 07:12:40 PM EST
Soup kitchen closed due to sinkhole
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

A sinkhole on Bethlehem's north side is causing a lot of problems, including shutting down a busy soup kitchen.

The Trinity Episcopal Church on North Market Street was forced to shut its doors and turn away guests after a water main break caused a massive sinkhole Sunday and put much of the block on a boil water advisory.

"Obviously, in a public building, if you are under a boil water advisory, you can't have people eating here, meeting here, things like that," said Laura Howell, Rector at the Trinity Episcopal Church.

The Trinity Soup Kitchen serves close to 150 people every day.

Howell said being closed is discomforting for those in need, and those who volunteer at the soup kitchen.

"It's like wandering in a void, everything is quiet and dark," Howell said.

Howell said church services and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings have also been cancelled.

The kitchen planned on serving a traditional New Year's Dinner on Wednesday, but that has been put on hold until the church's water passes a quality test.

"How long? Who knows? It depends on the sinkhole, and sinkholes are notoriously devious," Howell said.

Thursday is the earliest the kitchen will reopen. In the meantime, services are being offered at New Bethany Ministries.

"We have rerouted all of our deliveries to New Bethany so they are getting enough product to handle the overflow," Howell said.

New Bethany said it has welcomed close to 50 of the people being served by Trinity.