"We are grateful to Land O' Lakes Community Services for partnering with us," says Kevin Alkenbrack, Executive Director, Morningstar, "We have always known that our rural communities are under-served and that there is a need to provide healthy, nutritious meals for people outside of Greater Napanee."
Alkenbrack says Morningstar's widespread response has been made possible by emergency funding that has enabled the Napanee-based community kitchen to shift to a takeout and delivery model now serving Lennox & Addington County.
"We have two locations for pick-up in Napanee, and locations in Deseronto, Tamworth, Bath and, now, Northbrook. Plus we have volunteer drivers delivering meals six days a week across Greater Napanee and Deseronto."
Prior to the pandemic Morningstar was serving app. 250 meals per week at the Water Street location in Napanee. Today, they are serving more than 1,000 meals per week and that number continues to grow.
"We are so grateful to all of our partners and volunteers," says Alkenbrack, "Our community has really come together in this crisis. I have heard from many clients who say these meals are 'keeping them healthy' and 'saving their lives.'"