The Columbus Dispatch

Feed My People serving again with renovation

- Rick Stillion

Following the completion of a kitchen renovation project at Christ’s Lutheran Church in Cambridge, Feed My People is once again serving hot meals to those in need six days a week.

The price tag for the renovation project was approximat­ely $100,000, funded entirely by donations from the local community.

“It was completely gutted,” said Pastor Catrina Hawkins-boles of Christ’s Lutheran Church referring to the former kitchen. “The problem was it was not functional and things were outdated, but now we have a beautiful and functional kitchen.

“The people who worked in the previous kitchen were miracle workers. We are so thankful and proud of our new kitchen. We want to thank everyone who donated to the ministry, as we could not have done it without them.”

Feed My People serves meals from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday in the basement dining room at the church at 1101 Steubenvil­le Ave. in Cambridge.

Hawkins-boles said renovation­s in the kitchen included bring the electrical service up to code and repairs to the plumbing to start.

“We had to remove the drain because it was too clogged to be unclogged,” said Hawkins-boles. We also had to repair the floor and install new cabinets including more cabinets than were in the previous kitchen. And, now all the drawers close correctly.”

The project was planned to take three months, but in the end required six months due to unexpected delays in obtaining the necessary materials to finish the work.

“It was a total renovation,” said Hawkins-boles. “So, we had to wait for some things to be finished and delivered before we could move forward.”

While the kitchen was unavailabl­e during renovation­s, Feed My People temporaril­y relocated to First Presbyteri­an Church, also on Steubenvil­le Avenue west of Christ’s Lutheran Church.

“We were so blessed that Pastor Caleb (Mcclure) and First Presbyteri­an Church hosted Feed My People during the entire renovation,” said Hawkinsbol­es. “People were able to come to their church and receive food. They were gracious hosts and that was such a blessing for us to have a place to be a ministry for the community.”

“The workers in the kitchen are so grateful for the help and support of the community, and the new equipment is beneficial to them in their work to help the community,” said Hawkins-boles.

February is National Canned Food Month and donations can be made by contacting local providers at Feed My People, 740-439-4214; The Salvation Army, 740-432-7759; or United Methodist Church in Byesville, 740-685-2912.

A spaghetti dinner to benefit Feed My People is scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. on April 30, at Christ’s Lutheran Church. Cost is $6 per meal.

“We are all truly blessed by this ministry,” said Hawkins-boles.

 ?? RICK STILLION/THE DAILY JEFFERSONI­AN ?? A $100,000 complete kitchen renovation project funded by donations from the community allows Feed My People to serve meals six days a week in the dining area located at Christ’s Lutheran Church at 1101 Steubenvil­le Ave. in Cambridge.
RICK STILLION/THE DAILY JEFFERSONI­AN A $100,000 complete kitchen renovation project funded by donations from the community allows Feed My People to serve meals six days a week in the dining area located at Christ’s Lutheran Church at 1101 Steubenvil­le Ave. in Cambridge.

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