DEXTER - Our Lady's Kitchen, an all-volunteer effort, serves free Sunday meals to anyone who comes to their door. The inspiration for the kitchen originated during a Bible study group back in 2007. Two parishioners, Kathie Lombard and Woody Livingston had the same thought at the same time. "It had been a thought percolating in me for quite a few days....that there was a problem in the area where I live of people having enough to have a home but enough to eat the way they should," says Lombard. Soon a small group of fellow church members were doing something about it.
Our Lady's Kitchen has served between 45 and 85 meals per week, every Sunday at the parish center in Dexter, since May 2008. Meals are provided to anyone who walks through the door and donations are accepted but not required. Much of the food has been donated by very generous parish members and other community members whether through their businesses or from their own gardens. Despite this generosity, purchases are needed for essentials like meat, butter, canned goods and paper goods. The costs of these items has increased and funds are needed.
Lombard says, "We held a meeting open to all our church members to brainstorm what we could do to continue this important service. A fundraising dinner was one of the ideas presented"
A public benefit dinner and auction will take place at St. Anne Parish Center, located at 60 Free Street in Dexter on Saturday, October 6th from 5 to 7 PM. Tickets are available by calling the parish office at 924-7104 or from Technology Solutions, 80 Moosehead Trail, Newport. The dinner will feature roast pork, potatoes, veggies and applesauce. Homemade pies will be offered for dessert and an auction will follow the dinner. Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $4 for children under 12 and children under age 4 eat free. All proceeds from the dinner will benefit Our Lady's Kitchen.
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