Written by Mary Taylor: DEXTER – Has your heart ever been impressed upon to fulfill a need within your community? This is something Kathy Lombard is quite familiar with, along with some friends and co-parishioners from St. Ann’s Catholic Church. The need to help feed people in the surrounding communities who are struggling with the rising costs of food, fuel, and just about everything in between is being addressed by a new committee of caring people from the St. Ann’s Catholic Church and is co-coordinated by Lombard and Woody Livingston. They’ve named it “Our Ladies’ Kitchen”, a service provided by members of Our Lady of the Snows cluster from the Catholic churches of Dexter, Milo, Dover-Foxcroft and Pittsfield. They began their research and the initial organization in January to form a committee of approximately 20-25 volunteers who provide one meal a week on Sundays, totally free of charge.
The Sunday dinners are held at the St. Ann’s Parish Center and are offered to any single person or family who wants to come and enjoy and delicious and nourishing meal. What you can expect to find: meat, potato, vegetable, and drinks (coffee, tea and milk). It is not necessary to be a member of the church to attend, nor to be a volunteer. There are also people from various denominations who volunteer their time and efforts to the cause.
The program has raised funds from many businesses throughout the coverage area ranging from Milo to Pittsfield. Through their support, Our Ladies’ Kitchen is able to provide a weekly, well-balanced meal in a warm and friendly environment. There are no restrictions or conditions applicable to take part in the Sunday meal—only that people spread the word so many more people who could use a helping hand during these difficult times may have the same opportunity. There are also donation boxes available for anyone who wishes to leave a nominal gift, but it is not required.
The first meal was planned for Mother’s Day. Unfortunately, there was not a good turn out, in part because of the lack of awareness within the communities being served. Our Ladies’ Kitchen hopes that their efforts will become well known and widespread among all walks of life. They hope to help anyone who faces life’s challenges by offering a little assistance in the kitchen once a week.
The Sunday dinners are held at the St. Ann’s Parish Center between the hours of 1-2 p.m. The Parish Center can hold up to 50 people at one time. Participants are encouraged to spread the word…and bring a friend!
For more information or to volunteer, call Kathy Lombard in St. Albans at 938-3307 or Woody Livingston in Dexter at 924-3809. Our Ladies’ Kitchen also welcomes all youth who are interested in volunteering."This content originally appeared as a copyrighted article in the SVWeekly.com and is used here with permission."
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