Emily Griffith college continues tradition of soup giveaway


According to the tradition’s backstory, Emily Griffith, founder of Emily Griffith Technical College at 1860 Lincoln St., and her sister, Florence, started bringing free soup for students after seeing one faint during class one evening.

“Emily (Griffith) believed that the student fainted because he was hungry,” states a news release, “and if one student was hungry, there were probably others who were, as well.”

This was sometime in the early 1900s. But the tradition of giving away free soup continues at the college. Nowadays, the free soup giveaway takes place every year in February to honor Griffith’s birthday. The soup is prepared by the students in the college’s Culinary Arts program, and the soup giveaway is extended to all members of the community, as well as the college’s students and staff.

The 2021 event took place on Feb. 9. To adhere to COVID-19 safety measures, the culinary arts students packaged their beef and barley soup in to-go containers, so the long-standing tradition could continue this year.

“We are certain,” said Chef Tim Inzano, instructor of the Culinary Arts program, in a news release, “Emily would be proud to know we have carried on her soup tradition even through the pandemic.”


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