BEND, OR -- The Family Kitchen in Bend has the mission of serving anyone who needs a nutritious meal in a safe and caring environment. They serve 60,000 meals a year, and they just received their largest donation ever.
Newport Avenue Market's Lauren Johnson presented a $56,000 check to the Family Kitchen on Tuesday, thanks to the store's “Food In February” campaign. Customers donated $26,000, Newport Ave. Market contributed the rest.
Donna Burklo, with the Family Kitchen, tells KBND News, “It takes care of a huge percentage of our food costs for the year. But, in addition, it just represents so much of the community coming together. The Oregon Country Beef folks and the Newport Avenue folks, all of that together. It means that each of the people eating here has that team behind them.”
She says this will help them continue their mission, “We hear often from our diners that it’s the ability to have some respect and dignity. When they come here they are served their meals when it’s dinner time. Meals are brought to them with eye contact and a smile and they’re asked if they’d like more.”
A ceremonial check was presented to Family Kitchen at its location inside the downtown Bend Episcopal Church, one of the Family Kitchen’s supporting sponsors.