Mason Community Kitchen kicked off its second year of operation on Saturday, January 12, when eleven volunteers prepared a hearty turkey and green chile soup under the direction of head cook Cindy Morris.
This local hunger relief organization was formed a year ago to provide tasty and nutritious frozen meals free of charge to needy families in Mason. Each month, volunteers get together to prepare a one-dish meal at the school kitchen, package it in small containers, and freeze it for distribution to the food bank’s clients.
Several of Mason’s finest cooks devise the recipes and oversee preparation of the meals. Mason Community Kitchen’s head cooks are people who have operated successful restaurants and catering and produce businesses. The meals have included an Italian meatball soup, Chinese sweet-and-sour chicken, butternut squash and turkey stuffing, chili blanco, and a Riata cookbook favorite, Santa Fe soup. The organization’s volunteer list has grown to 100.
During 2012, Mason Community Kitchen prepared a total of 1,442 containers (or 4,326 12-ounce servings) on ten cooking dates. In addition, the organization provided peanut butter and bread to the food bank during July and August.
Mason Community Kitchen is grateful to Barbara Tatsch, Julie Parker, Betty Simon and John Watson for their efforts in helping the organization get up and running during the first year. The directors also thank those generous organizations and individuals who have made contributions for the purchase of ingredients.
Mason Community Kitchen has been recognized as an I.R.C. § 501(c)(3) charitable organization. It is also licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Tax-deductible contributions and memorials may be made to Mason Community Kitchen at P.O. Box 711, Mason, TX 76856. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Scott Zesch at firstname.lastname@example.org.