“Morningstar Relief Mission has always been very close to our hearts,” said Barb Delaney, Accountant, L&A Mutual, “and we are so pleased to be able to help Morningstar build the commercial kitchen you need in order to support food security across L&A.”
Delaney spoke of L&A Mutual’s giving philosophy, which has grown organically over the years and prioritizes supporting families in crisis in key areas such as healthcare, healthy food, “anything that helps to elevate people out of poverty.”
“L&A Mutual has always been a champion for Morningstar,” said Kevin Alkenbrack, “and 2020 is no exception: your sponsorship of our signature event, Coldest Night of the Year, the August food drive, and now helping to give our old kitchen a new life. On behalf of all of our staff, volunteers, and the people we serve I thank you!”
Noteworthy, too, Alkenbrack added is that L&A’s most recent gift puts Morningstar just past the halfway point in its kitchen campaign: a total of $50,500 with $49,500 to go. This particularly good news was greeted by a round of applause from the small team of staff and volunteers at the Water Street administrative headquarters.
At its August, 2020, meeting, Morningstar’s Board of Directors approved a capital campaign for the new kitchen “not to exceed $100,000.” Steve Martin, Chair of the Board says, “It sounds like a lot of money, and it is, but we’re building a commercial kitchen, which we must have in order to continue to meet the demand for meals countywide,” currently averaging 1,300 per week since September.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic Morningstar’s team of community chefs have been working out of the Lion’s Club Hall kitchen. “We are grateful to have been able to rent the Lion’s Hall,” says Martin, “But getting back to cooking at home, permanently, is a top priority for the Board.”
Those wishing to make a donation to Morningstar Relief Mission in support of the kitchen campaign, or to any other programs, may do so safely, and securely, online at: www.morningstarmission.ca/donate. Your gift will be receipted immediately.