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Roswell Community Kitchen to host open house

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There will be an open house at the new Roswell Community Kitchen building at 114 E. Bland on Nov. 12 from 4-7 p.m. The public is invited to share in the festivities.

Roswell Community Kitchen, a non-profit organization, is governed by a board made up of volunteers from 14 different churches and community organizations. The Community Kitchen Governing Board meets once a month in the newly renovated community kitchen building.

Since the kitchen’s founding in 1983, more than 1,178,668 people have been served.

Thirty-five years ago, during a prayer group, Delores Montoya told Father Joe Nelson that we should feed the people. Father Joe said, “We have a kitchen and we can do that.” Thus the program began with the assistance of Raye Durand, Jeanne Kunko, Bill Boris and Pastor Bill Hartman.

When they realized that the community kitchen would move to some other location, they incorporated the organization. Soon, Barbara Harris and Frances Hartman joined the group.

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Harris said, “It was the expertise of the late Pastor Bill Hartman that the incorporation papers were drawn.”

On March 18, 1983 the first meal was served to 17-20 people. Raye Duran remembered that she had brought pies. The kitchen is dedicated to feeding the hungry, and everyone is welcome.

As time went on, other volunteers from other churches shared the blessing of feeding the hungry.

All meals are prepared by a staff of three with help from volunteers, and served from 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on weekdays. Sack lunches are handed out from 12:30-1 p.m on weekends.

An average of 2,500 meals are served each month. During the summer, participation increases when children are out of school.

Chef Brad Ussery, manages the operation using donated food and purchasing other items he may need with funds from public and private donations.

Given the taste of the food, diners claim that it is like eating in a 5-star restaurant, according to volunteers.

Recently, Pastor Dan Tisdel of St Mark’s Lutheran Church designed a web page for the kitchen — it can be found online at roswellcommunitykitchen.org.