The "Behind the Red Door Food and Fellowship" program at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Monett was detailed in a recent meeting of the Monett Kiwanis Club.
Nathan Bowen, who spearheads outreach programs at St. Stephen's, said more than 1,000 meals have been provided since the program began in March. Volunteers prepare about 75 sack lunches on a Saturday, and those meals are taken for distribution during the noon meal at the Community Kitchen, run by the Unity of Community at the United Methodist Church.
Bowen said the idea is to send two sack lunches home with those using the Community Kitchen to help carry them over to the next meal served on Tuesday evening.
Lunches include a sandwich, fruit, a carrot, juice and bottled water. Grants of $1,000 each from Walmart and B&P Grocers in Aurora provide underwriting for the effort. The program operates on a not-for-profit basis.
Bowen said St. Stephen's plans to pursue its original plan to serve hot meals at the church, located at Sixth and Benton in Monett. Additional handicapped accessibility accommodations still need to be made before the hot meal program can begin.
St. Stephen's is using its Internet website, www.ststephensmo.org, and a brochure to help promote the program. The undertaking costs about $125 a week. All of the church's 50-member congregation take an active role in preparing the meals.
Anyone wishing to donate to the "Behind the Red Door" effort can call 417-354-4214.
Kiwanis President Frank Washburn presided at the meeting. Jim Haston was the program chairman. The club meets at noon on Tuesdays.
In club news, it was announced the annual Kiwanis scholarship was awarded to Mikayla Bennett. Plans are underway for the club to hold a pancake breakfast at the American Legion Home on June 4.
The Monett Kiwanis Club meets at noon on Tuesdays for a meal and a program, usually at Happy House restaurant.