Mason Community Kitchen, a local hunger relief organization, completed its second successful year of operation on Saturday, December 7, 2013. Twelve volunteers produced 171 containers of chicken and green chile posole for the Christmas distribution at the Mason food bank.
In 2013, Mason Community Kitchen prepared a total of 1,533 containers (or 4,599 12-ounce servings) on ten cooking dates at the school kitchen. The average cost was $422 per meal.
In addition to preparing these meals, the organization’s members volunteered to help with the school’s Thanksgiving dinner on November 6.
Mason Community Kitchen began operations as a nonprofit association in January 2012. Its founding directors are Judy Branch, Cindy Powell and Scott Zesch. The organization’s mission is to provide tasty and nutritious frozen meals free of charge to local families in need. Each month, volunteers get together to prepare a hearty one-dish meal, package it in small containers, and freeze it for distribution to the food bank’s clients.
Several of Mason’s finest cooks have volunteered to create the recipes and oversee preparation of the meals. They are Eva Broad, Carey Burkett, Toni Hurlbut, Cindy Morris, Nonie Stringer and Cathy Terrell. The meals in 2013 included chicken pot pie, Polish cabbage soup, lentil curry and Chinese sweet-and-sour chicken.
In 2013, our organization was very fortunate to receive a $1,200 grant from the Mason Community Foundation. We were also grateful to receive a $500 grant from Walmart (via the Brady store) and a $500 gift card from HEB for purchasing ingredients. In addition, we thank all of those generous individuals who have made contributions to support our work this year.
Mason Community Kitchen has been recognized as an I.R.C. § 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization. It is also licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services. In February, many of our volunteers completed the food handlers’ safety course.
Tax-deductible donations and memorials may be made to Mason Community Kitchen at P.O. Box 711, Mason, TX 76856. Contributions are used to purchase ingredients and containers for our frozen meals.
Mason Community Kitchen would like to express thanks to the Mason Independent School District for the use of its kitchen. We are especially grateful to our MISD supervisor, Julie Parker, who has cheerfully shown up on each cooking date this year to make sure our program runs smoothly.
Mason Community Kitchen will resume operations in January 2014. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Scott Zesch at firstname.lastname@example.org or (325) 347-6291.