For over 21 years, every Wednesday night, St. Mary’s opens the doors of our parish hall to serve a community dinner to any and all guests. This powerful outreach is more than just a hot meal; it is about dignity and compassion toward those who need a helping hand. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Dale Hudson for more information.
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History of Mary’s Kitchen
Mary’s Kitchen was started in the early part of 1994 by Barbara Hendry and was approved by Fr. Pittenger. A large group of parishioners met to organize Mary Kitchen’s and served its first meal on October 26, 1994 to 38 guests.
The ministry in “Feeding the Hungry” began in the old kitchen in Smith Hall. Soon new equipment was needed to replace electric stoves and ovens, add a much-needed ice machine, walk-in cooler/freezer and other items needed to provide a hearty meal each Wednesday evening.
When St. Mary’s purchased the old library property which is now the Pittenger Center, a new commercial kitchen was designed and included with the buildings. A new and larger walk-in cooler/freezer, new ice machine, convection oven, dish washing machine, pots, pans and other needed items were added.
Mary’s Kitchen will have completed its 21st year in serving those in need in October 2015. Our over 100 faithful volunteers have provided an average of 181 meals each week for many years although this number in the past few years has decreased, primarily due to another church serving on Wednesdays.
Mary’s Kitchen has served over 196,000 meals.
In the summer of 2015, Mary’s Kitchen partnered with the Council on Aging, and now prepares and delivers a few meals to The Council on Aging shut-ins who live near St. Mary’s.
Mary’s Kitchen has also partnered with Sarah’s Kitchen, The American Legion, VFW, and the Salvation Army, by preparing 60 meals each week to feed the homeless veterans within the Martin County area, from the Salvation Army Canteen van.
To make a donation to this vital ministry, please click on the link below and select Mary’s Kitchen.
Thank you for your generosity!