KANSAS CITY, Kansas - The food kitchen in east KCK is technically called Hot Lunch Service, Inc, but everyone still knows it as the St. Mary's Food Kitchen.
The facility, located at 645 Nebraska Ave., serves hundreds of people a hot lunch every day of the year.
Area church groups from several denominations sign up for certain days of the month. For instance, St. Michael the Archangel in Leawood manages the first Sunday each month. They served more than 330 adults and 50 kids on Sunday, January 2.
Frank Franko heads up the St. Michael's efforts. He makes sure bread is collected from a local Panera location. He has a host of parish volunteers who make casseroles and desserts. He coordinates with St. Mary's Food Kitchen staff to manage the other elements of the meal.
If you or your group is interested in helping the first Monday of the month, food kitchen director Michael Serrano is willing to tell you what to expect. He can be reached at (913) 281-5638.
To help, organizers tell me you'll need 6 to 8 volunteers able to prepare food and warm it before serving. Your group will be part of a larger group handling Monday's lunch, splitting the duties.
The average monthly bill for the new participant will be, on average, about $90 a month.
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