Hope Kitchen celebrates 4 years, making difference in community
Feeds over 400 guests each week
NEOSHO, Mo. — Hope Kitchen in Neosho celebrated 4 years of feeding the hungry mouths and hearts since opening its doors in 2015.
George Morehead enjoys spending his time helping others. That’s why, for the past three years, he’s been busy helping non-profits in Neosho.
“My wife passed away six years ago, and I was looking for something to do to occupy my time and still be good for the community, and so I started first working for Faithful Friends and then came over here at night.”
Hope Kitchen is a Christ-inspired community effort to feed the hungry and comfort the lonely, three nights a week. The Director of Hope Kitchen, Desiree Bridges, says the idea was nothing short of divine inspiration.
“We felt like he told us to open a soup kitchen style ministry, and we didn’t know what that looked like but here we are now.”
Volunteers are seen as the backbone of the ministry. Hundreds show up just like George to help those in the community who are struggling. He says giving in this way is its own reward.
“Serving is one of my strong points I think I feel like I’m called to serve God.”
Hope Kitchen serves over 400 guests a week, from struggling families, to single parents, lonely elderly, and even the homeless.
“If we’re not positively impacting someone, we really need to ask ourselves what we are doing each day. And so when we see these guests come in, and they fill their stomachs with warm hot food that’s the best feeling, is to know we met them at that basic reality of hunger” added Bridges.
The ministry is also starting a new ‘Happy Homes Initiative’, to enhance their relationship with the community through life skill training and gospel.
“We’re finding a new way to connect with people, create that relationship show them that we really truly do love them, and we want to see their lives get better and better and better” said Bridges.
For George, the connections he makes, keeps him serving.
“It’s wonderful to come down and visit with different people and sit down and find out some of their different history and what’s happened to them and so forth, I like it, it’s good for the community.”
Volunteers also offer a bible study and teach basic life skills.
The meetings take place on the second Saturday of each month at hope kitchen.
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