Auburn church, soup kitchen will shut down on December 1st

After 38 years and countless free meals for the community, First Love Ministries will hold its final service Sunday, Dec. 1.

The Wall Street ministry comprises a church, soup kitchen and food pantry.

Lorraine Canino, wife of the church’s pastor, Bob Canino, said Wednesday that they decided to close First Love because its congregation had dwindled to seven or eight people. And because the congregation has supported the soup kitchen and food pantry with donations, those services were no longer financially sustainable, she said.

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