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Business donates picnic tables to Community Kitchen

Juno Ogle Photo Employees of the Sanders Law Firm sit at one of the two new picnic tables the firm donated to the Community Kitchen, 114 E. Bland St. The firm's employees volunteer to serve meals at Community Kitchen every third Thursday of the month. From left are Wyatt Griffis, Anna Martin, Kelly Cassels and Amber Hoskins.

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Those who stop by for a free meal at Community Kitchen, 114 E. Bland St., have a new place to sit and enjoy the food thanks to a local law firm.

Two new metal picnic tables were installed behind the building recently, with funds donated by Sanders Law Firm, 701 W. Country Club Rd.

“It really kind of brightens up the neighborhood. Seeing this is like an oasis,” Brad Ussery, kitchen director, said.

The tables are located on the south side of the building and seat about eight people each. Ussery said the kitchen plans to get umbrellas for them for the summer months.

Community Kitchen offers free meals to people starting at about 10 a.m. through 12:15 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and a sack lunch from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

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Employees of the firm have been volunteering on the third Thursday of each month for about three years, Ussery said.

Attorney Kelly Cassels said the firm helps out at Community Kitchen because of all the good it does in Roswell.

“There’s no strings attached, nobody gets asked any questions. You show up, you get a hot meal. And these people work their tails off,” he said.

Cassels manned the take-out window at the front of the building while his colleagues Anna Martin, Amber Hoskins and Wyatt Griffis served up Thursday’s meal.

The take-out window was installed last year after the state’s health order caused the kitchen to stop offering indoor dining. Recently though the kitchen has had some outdoor events for which they set up tables. The God Inspired Gathering, known as the GIG, had its Friday night concerts there when the Chaves County Courthouse lawn was in use for other events over the summer, and L&F Distributors cooked a meal last month.

Ussery said for now there are no plans to open the dining area up, but the kitchen is planning a take-out Thanksgiving dinner for Nov. 22.

Ussery said there’s a steady group of churches that volunteer, and more businesses have been volunteering as well.

Food donations help out as well. This week, the National Guard donated chicken patties and sweet potato fries, and Grace Community Church provided brioche buns and hot dogs, which made for two days’ worth of meals, Ussery said. Bread from the National Guard was used for this weekend’s sandwiches.

The donations are helpful, as Community Kitchen has seen an increase in demand. Ussery said the increase might be tied to the end of federal pandemic unemployment aid payments last month.

“Up until September, it was pretty slow, like maybe 80 to 90 people a day. September, we were doing 120, 125 a day towards the end of the month. This week’s been very busy,” he said, with more than 110 people a day.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

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