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Stone Soup and Games benefit set for Monday

GREENFIELD — While many will feast on Thanksgiving leftovers for days to come, others will be as concerned now as ever with finding their next meal.

Greenfield’s Stone Soup Cafe is one of many institutions working to address the rising tide of hunger in the Pioneer Valley. The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts reports that one in every eight Western Massachusetts residents faces hunger, an increase of 22 percent since 2006 — and the Hope and Olive restaurant’s November fundraiser will benefit the cafe.

Free Soup and Games Night runs from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Monday in the restaurant, at 44 Hope St., with coupons to local businesses as game prizes, raffles, free soup and bread, a cash bar and live music.

The monthly benefit raises funds through donations, a bake sale, raffle tickets, bar proceeds and volunteer bartender tips. Organizers say the event is child-friendly.

The pay-what-you-can cafe welcomes more than 100 guests at its Saturday noon meals, up from 25 in January 2012, when it opened its doors in All Souls Church at Hope and Main Streets, according to Stone Soup director of development Ari Pliskin.

The cafe is working toward a December fundraising goal of $12,000, including the Soup and Games Night and the Valley Gives campaign on Dec. 12.

For more information, visit www.stonesoupgreenfield.org or call (413) 461-8770.

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