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Kitchen effort is attracting more diners

Friday, November 12, 2010

Serving the first meal at the Community Kitchen last week. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]
The Community Kitchen, a new project spearheaded by the First United Methodist Church, is picking up momentum. Over 100 people received meals in the first four days.

According to Brenda Davis, program spokesperson, word about the free evening meals and the Saturday lunch appears to be spreading by word of mouth. Others said they saw information about the program in The Times.

"We're watching it grow," said Davis. "We'll try to meet the needs as they come in."

One family came back with three other families another day. Davis found there was a good mix of ages and families attending. Charlene Dart, co-chairperson of the Community Kitchen with Steve Stidham, said about half the people who came to the meal on Tuesday were children.

Interest in the Community Kitchen's service has come from nearby towns as well. Accommodations for transportation were made for a Pierce City resident and another came from the Purdy area.

"The community needs to be aware this is not just for Monett," Davis said.

The Community Kitchen is already establishing a reputation for serving up great food.

"The food is good, prepared well and tastes good. That's exciting for those who come," Davis said.

Because there was food left over after a recent serving, take-home boxes were prepared for some of the visitors.

Some of the children coming to the kitchen have had no coats. Dart said the church is now accepting donations of coats and blankets to share with those who need them.

Plans are now advancing for the Community Kitchen to serve a traditional free Thanksgiving day dinner. Turkey, mashed potatoes and dressing will be served at the church from noon to 2 p.m. on Nov. 25.

"We really appreciate all support and contributions from the community," Dart said. "It's been outstanding."

The Community Kitchen is serving meals free of charge from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday and noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Family Life Center of the First United Methodist Church, at 1600 N. Central in Monett. Rides are available from the Monett Senior Center or Crosslines. For additional information, call Dart at 235-2364.

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