The Community Kitchen in Monett has established a following after three weeks of serving the public.
"Last week we served over 160 meals," reported Charlene Dart, co-director of the Community Kitchen with Steve Stidham. "In three weeks we have served over 300 meals."
The kitchen is accepting donations of coats, blankets, sweaters, hats and mittens which will be shared with those using the service as needs become understood.
"With cold weather coming on, its nice to have winter coats and blankets," said Brenda Davis, Community Kitchen spokesperson.
On Thursday the Community Kitchen will be open to serve a Thanksgiving dinner from noon to 2 p.m. The kitchen team has announced they would like to open the meal to anyone who is alone or unable to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving meal.
"On behalf of the Community Kitchen's Board of Directors, our volunteers and every person who has eaten a wonderful meal, we thank you," stated the kitchen organizers. "We are grateful for every prayer, each dollar donated, for all our pantry items and the food that has been given.
"A special thank you to the Methodist Church for sharing their kitchen and fellowship hall. Your generosity is making a difference in people's lives and in our community."
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, 1600 N. Central in Monett. Rides are available from the Monett Senior Center or Crosslines. For additional information, call Dart at 235-2364.