WHO DO WE SERVE?
Our guests are people who are having a hard time stretching their budgets to eat healthily. Illness, accidents, job loss, poor paying jobs, low pensions and high cost of living deprive many individuals and families of resources to eat healthy diets. Some of our guests are homeless. Other people are hungry for companionship.
35 For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat;
I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink;
I was a stranger and you took Me in;
36 I was naked and you clothed Me;I was sick and you took care of Me;I was in prison and you visited Me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or without clothes and clothe You? 39 When did we see You sick, or in prison, and visit You?’
40 “And the King will answer them, ‘I assure you: Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.’h here. Matthew 25:35-40
WHO ARE WE HOW DO WE SERVE
We are individuals, families,friends and church groups. Together we are a soup kitchen. We volunteer to do what it takes to serve a meal. Thanks to the generosity of local churches and organizations we have had a place to serve our meals throughout the years. We are a 501c non-profit so we are able to supply IRS compliant receipts for any donations. We receive state comoditiy food. Generous donations of food and money make it possible to continue serving the hungry in Kalispell
MISSION AND VISION
Inspired by Matthew 25:31-40, we serve nutritious suppers to whomever shows up hungry body or soul,
Our only requirements are a good appetite and a good attitude.
Guests are not a number nor a captive audience for a sermon. .
In 1989 Stephanie and Mark Halland, with a group of people, including Naomi Davidson, were led to start serving a family-style meal the last week of the month. This meal was served at the Alliance Church, under the name Community Kitchen. Their first meal had 18 guests. In 1990 Naomi Davidson took over, and those meals have grown over the years.
By 1998 a group of folks(Feeding the Flathead), including B., started talking with Naomi and Community Kitchen about coming along side them in order to serve people more meals. The Alliance Church could not give up more use of their fellowship hall, so Feeding the Flathead found other places to serve their meals. They had their start at the old Valley Victory Church on Main street. They moved between several other places including, the Dry Been Saloon, Serendipity Street, and the old VFW upstairs. A few times they also served meals out on the street.
In 2003 Community Kitchen, and Feeding the Flathead decided to join forces. During this merger it was discovered that both ministries had chosen *Matthew 25:31-40 as the basis for their ministries. This was further confirmation that they were to merge, and by 2004 Community Kitchen-Feeding the Flathead was a 501c3 organization.
Community Kitchen continued to serve meals at Alliance Church, and Feeding the Flathead was blessed to serve from St. Matthews parish. Over the last 12 years we have moved between a few churches. We currently serve meals from: Bethlehem Lutheran, Central Christian, and Christ Episcopal Church.
All of our staffing needs are filled by volunteers. There are always people behind the scenes serving in one way or another. Some transport food, others do computer work. Impeccable volunteer bookkeepers have kept our records beyond reproach. Our kitchen co-ordination, cooking, serving and clean up staff are also all volunteers.