'Soup Ladies' make sure searchers are well fed

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

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Posted on March 26, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 26 at 5:44 PM

ARLINGTON, Wash. -- Searchers at the Oso landslide site are motivated by the chance they may find survivors.

They're fueled by meals from the "Soup Ladies."

"Today's menu is glazed ham with potatoes and vegetables," said founder Ginger "Mama" Passarelli. "They don't need a salad."

The owner of "Mama Passarelli's" in Black Diamond go the idea to provide hot meals for search and rescuers while on a church trip to help Hurricane Katrina survivors.

She didn't like the fact rescuers were eating freeze-dried military meals.

For the last 10 years they've been called to major crime scenes and searches to provide meals to police, victims and other volunteers.

"They don't invite us to parties," said Passarelli, who said she knows the work she and her volunteers do is appreciated.

The group was called to the scene Saturday and Passarelli said they will be providing hot meals as long as the search continues.

The volunteers are feeding more than 200 meals a day.

To support the organization, go to their website at http://www.soupladies.org/

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