Haught recognized as Hometown Hunger Hero

Friday, October 18, 2019

Monett Community Outreach honors efforts to fight food insecurity

Raymond Haught, chaplain for Tyson Foods in Monett, has received the Hometown Hunger Hero award from the Monett Community Outreach for efforts combatting food insecurity, the official name for organizers who run the Monett Community Kitchen.

The presentation was made at a meeting of Monett Community Outreach on Monday.

According to the nomination, Haught was recognized

as "a tireless contributor toward our purpose of raising the world’s expectations for how much good food can do. For our Monett complex, Ray is the primary community outreach contact for local food pantries and other not-for-profit activities. He has organized a number of food drives and works on virtually all food donations from the Monett facility. He has also organized opportunities for our disaster-relief team to cook for our local heroes, which include our police and fire departments for 9/11 commemoration, our local National Guard detachment for holiday and family support meals, and our local foster care support program.

"Ray is also famous for delivering doughnuts to our live production team members weekly just to show appreciation. Ray and his wife have volunteered to serve on several hurricane relief efforts with our Monett disaster relief cook team, which has had a great impact on our extended Tyson family and customers. In addition to his duties as a full-time chaplain, Ray serves on a number of local church councils and always has an open heart toward other opportunities to serve."

In response to the recognition, Haught said, "I grew up in a food-insecure family. My mom was a single mom raising three kids with limited income, so I know what it means to be food insecure."

Monett Community Outreach distributes food every Monday to hungry people in the community through the distribution center at the First United Methodist Church. The organization also serves a hot meal through the Community Kitchen on Tuesday and Thursday evenings to anyone in the community. The organization typically has between 100 to 120 people getting food every Monday. Each family can only receive food twice a month, so it is usually a different group of people every week.