Moberly Community Kitchen Begins Fundraising
MOBERLY - Moberly's Community Kitchen serves 90 to 100 people each Wednesday and Saturday, and this Wednesday was no different.
Community Kitchen Director Judy Orscheln said she and a group of others decided to open the free meal kitchen after noticing the high rate of unemployment as well as the high percentage of Moberly students eating free or reduced lunches. The kitchen served its first meal to 14 in February. However, the amount of those eating the meals has grown so much that a larger space is needed.
"We decided to go small and not invest a lot of money because we didn't know. We really didn't know how it would go over, and then we knew pretty soon that it was gonna keep getting bigger and bigger," Orscheln said.
The kitchen can serve 28 people at one time, but doesn't have an actual kitchen capable of cooking the food. That is done by the help of volunteers.
"We haven't had any problem getting volunteers. In fact, right off the bat we had 60 or more volunteers and we have about 15 churches and five or 6 different organizations," Orscheln said. The Madison 4H Club was helping out on Saturday.
The Community Kitchen runs solely by donations and is calling this campaign "Project Simple Pleasures." The campaign is named for the old Simple Pleasures Tea Shop the kitchen is trying to purchase as its new home. Orscheln said there is a full kitchen and enough space there to feed as many people as needed.
The Community Kitchen is hoping to raise $150,000 by the end of this year. It has already raised $77,000. Orscheln said even if the funds arent raised by Dec. 31, they'll continue the campaign until they've raised enough. Anyone can make donations in cash or check to the Commuity Kitchen by dropping donations off at City Bank in Moberly or mailing them to P.O. Box 1010, Moberly, MO, 65270.