Jack Henry donates to Kitchen effort

Friday, July 1, 2011
Jack Henry and Associates presented members of the Monett Community Kitchen Board with a check for $1,712 from Jack Henry's annual Charity Golf Classic. Pictured above, from left, are: Kurt Hoemann, Jack Henry and Associates representative; and Raymond Priest, Steve Stidham and Charlene Dart, board members.

The Monett Community Kitchen received a welcome financial boost from Jack Henry and Associates. The Monett-based business presented the Community Kitchen Board with a check for $1,712, which was generated from Jack Henry's annual Charity Golf Classic.

The board thanked Jack Henry for its generous donation and also expressed appreciation to the First United Methodist Church for opening up its facilities to host the Community Kitchen three times a week.

Since opening on Nov. 2, 2010, the Community Kitchen has served almost 8,000 meals.

The program is supported completely by volunteers who donate their time to prepare and serve the meals. Other individuals donate financially to provide food, paper goods, insurance and gas for the van that is used to transport people to and from the meals.

"We have witnessed a community coming together to prepare and serve these meals," the board stated in an update released this week. "We appreciate all those who have donated time and money to help with this project. We have witnessed lives transformed as individuals have come to build a relationship with Jesus Christ."

Hot meals are served on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church's Family Life Center.

The Community Kitchen Board anticipates serving more people in the coming year.

Anyone interested in volunteering to serve meals can contact Marie Medlin at 235-8283. Questions about the Community Kitchen and requests for a ride can be directed to Charlene Dart at 235-2364.

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