The Kitchen is Here

Jun 11, 2012  |     |   General

Chef Claude preparing
to feed the multitudes.

If you want a front row seat to the action, I urge you to visit and sign-up for a Loaves and Fishes team to help serve these meals yourselves…because they need us, and we need YOU.

In just two hours, you can make a difference right here, right now—in our community. Ever feel the pressure of having food on the table? …Waking up, getting the kids ready and in the midst of the morning madness, giving them a nutritious breakfast. Not to mention, packing lunches and rushing out the door. Then at the end of the day, finding a way to get a wholesome dinner served—Just to do it all over again the next morning!

Day after day, hour by hour, and minute by minute it seems all the more difficult to get a seemingly easy task accomplished. Now imagine having to prepare and serve more than 1,800 nutritious meals daily with No Kitchen. That’s right, with no on-site space to get it accomplished.That’s the challenge Chef Claude and his crew faced this past year with the demolition of the old Garland Thompson Men’s Center. Day after day, his staff had to take ingredients and supplies off-site to prepare meals then transport it back to Open Door Mission’s campus where it was served. Because hunger doesn’t discriminate, these meals are served to hundreds of men, women and children alike. They prepared enough meals to feed those we serve, and more, as well as cleaned up to do it all over again the next day.

Candace helping a  Loaves and Fishes
 team  serve a meal at the new
 Garland Thompson Men’s
Center Kitchen

By God’s grace, they tackled the challenge! Incredibly enough, not a single meal was missed and not a single person went hungry during the transition. In fact, last year alone our kitchen staff served over half a million meals to hungry and homeless men, women and children. I’m pleased to announce that the newly constructed Community Kitchen opened this spring.

There’s no doubt in my mind that God will continue to anoint Chef Claude and his crew to feed the multitudes. I’m grateful to see God’s hand at work on Open Door Mission’s campus as He multiplies the loaves and fishes to feed his beloved children. Children that, as in Matthew 14:15-21, the world would turn away but Christ Himself would say, “…They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat…bring them here to Me…”

With each meal, Claude’s staff will add a taste of hope and new life to every delicious dish. The best part is our clients can come back for seconds and thirds! No, having the kitchen open isn’t the end. It is just the beginning to all God has in store for these precious men, women and children.

Submitted by Victoria Gaskin
Open Door Mission Executive Assistant