Meleah Spencer October 2018

Meleah Spencer



Myra Halstead

Office Coordinator


Ning Graham

Accounting Clerk


Kippie Kutz

Director of Development

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Stefanie Nentrup

Community Development


Theresa Oglesby

Director of Programs


Jeff Rens

Director of Properties

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Kasandra Thomas

Director Human Resources


Michele Winslow

Director of Accounting

Knights Striking Out

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Springfield, MO - This weekend, Sunday, January 19, come support The Kitchen, Inc.’s efforts to end homelessness at the 24th annual Knights Striking Out. With a goal to raise $60,000, and the help of our sponsorships and bowlers we hope to have another huge success. With 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to The Kitchen, Inc. The Knights of Columbus are covering the operating costs to host and plan the event. Join us at one of the following locations: Sunshine Lanes 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Enterprises Park Lanes 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM, and Century Lanes Bowling 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. The entry fee is $10 per person and teams consist of five people. Bowling lanes sell out quickly, so secure your lane by registering today! For more information call The Kitchen, Inc. at 417-837-1500, or check out our events page at The Kitchen, Inc. brings stability and purpose to people who are homeless by displaying respect, dignity, quality, service, and compassion. Keep up with The Kitchen, Inc. by following us on social media including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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Donating Food

Donating Food

When it comes to donating the best food to feed homeless people, this can be a confusing process. Once you consider the conditions in which homeless people live, there are things that should be taken into account. In today’s blog, you will learn about different things to consider when donating food. Hydration Homeless people on the streets have very little access to water.  It is very important that people stay hydrated, especially in the warm summer months. With this being said, try to avoid donating diuretics such as energy drinks, pop, coffee, and alcohol. Pop Top Cans All can donations are appreciated but pop top cans are more efficient. Many homeless people don’t have a can opener or the proper tools to open a can. By donating pop top cans, it provides easier access to open, while on the streets. Protein Donating protein is always a smart choice. Foods like peanut butter, canned chicken, nuts, canned stews, beef jerky, and vienna sausages are excellent protein choices. Protein not only holds the hunger over but is also a healthier option compared to sugars and starches. Donating can be confusing but it doesn’t have to be. While the hunger problem is huge, The Kitchen, Inc. is more hopeful than ever, and food donations will help get us there.  Help provide nutrition that our community needs to thrive. For more information on donating food, visit The Kitchen, Inc.

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Four Positive Effects Of Donating

Four Positive Effects of Donating

According to a report done by Atlas of Giving, after a large year of donations in 2014, the outlook for 2019 is majorly decreasing. In fact, the amounts of donations nationwide are likely to decrease by 3.2%. Although there are many different reasons this could be happening, some possibilities include rising interest rates, decline in employment compensation, and unawareness. In today’s blog you will learn four positive effects of donating and giving to charity. Help Others in Need        Although it seems simple, there will never be a perfect time to give. In our mind we must remember there are always people out there in major need of help. Whether the economy is in the toilet, or you yourself are suffering with financial troubles of your own, the reality of things is when you donate items and money; you are helping those who need it. Experience More Pleasure According to the National Institutes of Health, people chose to donate a small portion of money to a cause in need. They later found that they were provided with enjoyment and activated pleasure centers in their brain. Although this was a scientific experiment, it showed that simply donating money makes you feel good; this is something to benefit from. Bring More Meaning to others When you donate objects or money to charity, you are creating a wave of leadership. You create opportunities to meet new people, who believe in what you are doing, and in the end you are inspiring. If you’ve ever been in a bad place emotionally, whether it be personally or professionally, sometimes the simple act of donating to charity can be just the inspiration you need. Realize that Every Little Bit Helps Whether you donate 50 cents or $10,000, you are going to make a difference in someone’s life.…

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