DRAFFENVILLE- The organizers of Marcella’s Kitchen received the green light last week to move forward with the county’s first community kitchen.
Following two meetings and lots of planning sessions, organizers are announcing that they have a temporary facility in the Draffenville Lion’s Club building located on Griggstown Rd.
Marcella Perkins, namesake of the kitchen, and the person responsible for spear-heading the project, says obtaining a facility is nothing short of an answered prayer.
“I am amazed at what God has done,” she said. “I cannot express how much it means to me to see what He has done in such a short amount of time - to God be the glory. “He put this on my heart, but that is about all I can take credit for.”
The kitchen, whose mission statement is "Serving with Love and Loving to Serve," is set to open May 16, and will be open six days a week, Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Organizers say they are still working on the bus ministry, a cooperative effort involving area churches who will be willing to donate their time and vehicles for the purpose of transporting people to the kitchen to enjoy a meal.
Perkins said volunteers are already in place who are willing to schedule the buses and volunteers accordingly.
Plans are to schedule bus pick-ups in centrally located areas throughout the county to ease transport needs and make transportation available to everyone throughout the county.
Perkins added that some 20 to 25 kitchen volunteers participated in a health department certification process last week needed for those who plan to work in the kitchen serving the meals. Perkins said there will be two more classes, the next being held on May 18, offered by the Health Department free of charge.
Organizers also say they plan to distribute flyers to area neighborhoods, businesses and organizations, as well as sending flyers home with school children in an effort to make people aware the meals will be available. Volunteers are still needed to assist in this effort.
Organizers say they are also still in search of a permanent location. While the Lion’s Club facility will be used in the short term, Perkins said prayers will still be going up regarding a permanent location they can call home. But for now, they are counting their blessings and moving forward.
Perkins reports the group took their first shopping trip this past weekend. “We didn’t even have salt to start with,” she said with a laugh. “Made me a little nervous,” she confessed, “we had to spend quite a bit of money to get started.”
Of the kitchen’s take-off, Perkins couldn’t be more excited. “The way this community has come forward has just blown me away. Everyone has been so wonderful.” Perkins sought to thank all of the volunteers, supporters, county officials and Lion’s Club members for their support of the project. “We could not have done this without them.
“I am so overwhelmed,” Perkins added. “Last October, my daughter’s family and I signed up for a mission trip and while the kitchen was on my heart, I had no idea we would be starting it this soon. So, now we have a kitchen starting in May and a missions trip the first of July. We will certainly be busy, but it is truly amazing what God has done in such a short amount of time.”
If you would like to volunteer, offer transportation, or make a donation to Marcella’s Kitchen, please contact Grace Forte at 205-0223.