POINT PLEASANT — When there’s nowhere else to go, there’s always a place at the “Kitchen Table.”
In this instance, the “Kitchen Table” is a free meal organized by volunteers at the former St. Paul UM Church in Point Pleasant which is now home to The Meeting House, Inc., a non-profit organization providing a safe meeting space for those dealing with addiction to drugs and alcohol.
The first meal served by the “Kitchen Table” will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday at The Meeting House located at 2434 Jackson Ave. On the menu, vegetable soup, grilled cheese or bread, dessert and drinks. The meal is free though any donations are appreciated to help keep the program going.
The “Kitchen Table” program was started by Angela Yates who has a day job with Mason County Day Report. Yates was appointed to head up a committee on the “Kitchen Table” program at Monday’s board of directors meeting at The Meeting House. Yates said the outpouring for the program has been encouraging, with several individuals donating and businesses donating food and/or food at reduced prices for the kickoff meal.
Yates said at the moment, the plan is to serve one meal to the community a month with potential for growth, and she stressed this is a community meal for everyone because, as those in attendance at Monday’s meeting put it, “there is no you or me, just us.”
Yates said anyone who would like to contribute to the “Kitchen Table” can do so by calling her at 304-593-3337 or 304-675-7001. Messages can also be sent to The Meeting House, Inc. on Facebook. Yates said if any churches or groups would like to donate ingredients for a meal, rather than cook it, the “Kitchen Table” volunteers are glad to accept and prepare the meal at The Meeting House.
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