2021 Summer Needs List

2021 Summer Needs List

Summer brings it's own challenges for our clients in shelter, housing programs, and Rare Breed youth. Consider donating items from our needs list to help those in need. Bus Passes Single ride bus passes can be purchased at CU Transit Station, 211 N Main Ave. (6am-11pm) Hygiene Hand sanitizers (small)Body wash/shampoo/conditionerDeodorantSunscreen/aloe vera/bug sprayLip balm/ChapstickDisposable razorsToothpaste (full size)Combs/picks (new)Lotion (small)First aid kits Cleaning Laundry detergentDish soapMops/broomsToilet paperPaper towelsTrash bagsToilet brushes/plungersLysol wipes/cleaning sprays Furniture Kitchen tables and chairsSofas and arm chairsBed framesmattresses (no tears or stains)Dressers Household Can openersCooking utensilsCookwareBath towelsBlankets/sheetsPillows Rare Breed Body wash/shampoo/conditionerDeodorantSunscreen/aloe vera/bug sprayLip balm/ChapstickLaundry detergentBaby wipes/diapersPop-top canned foodhigh protein snackssleeping bagsTarpsBackpacksBungee cordsFlashlightsMen's/women's underwear and socks (new)Young adult/teen clothes (new or gently used)Flipflops Donations can be dropped off at 730 N Glenstone Ave, Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm. Rare Breed donations can be dropped off at 301 N Main Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. Download the Needs List

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Harter House Raises $83,700 For The Kitchen, Inc.

Harter House Raises $83,700 for The Kitchen, Inc.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Harter House stores in Springfield, Hollister, Nixa, Kimberling City, Strafford, and Shell Knob raised $83,700 to benefit The Kitchen, Inc. during the 24th annual Jerry Bettlach/Jim Trimble Memorial event. The event continues to be one of the largest fundraisers of the year for The Kitchen and took place March 3-9, 2021. Over the past 24 years, the Harter House memorial event has raised over $1,000,000 for The Kitchen, Inc. “Jerry and Jim loved The Kitchen. Our family is proud to continue remembering and honoring them every year through this event. They knew the money raised for The Kitchen would go directly to help those in need,” – Barbara Bettlach, Harter House Supermarkets About Harter House The Bettlach family has been perfecting meat cutting techniques since the late 1800s. In 1973, Jerry and Barbara opened the first Harter House Butcher Shop. Since then, the business has expanded to seven locations. Our goal has been to provide customers with the best shopping experience they can have. Our long-term employees are our greatest assets and they work hard to foster Harter House's relationships with all of our customers. About The Kitchen, Inc. The Kitchen, Inc.’s mission is to bring stability and purpose to people who are homeless. Dedicated staff, collaboration with community organizations, and community support allow us to end homelessness for families, individuals, youth, seniors, and Veterans. To learn more, visit www.thekitcheninc.org.

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Catalytic Converter Stolen From Box Truck

Catalytic Converter Stolen from Box Truck

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Thieves stole a catalytic converter from The Kitchen, Inc.’s box truck over the weekend. The Kitchen, Inc. has had several catalytic converters stolen over the past year. This most recent theft comes only a month after a previous theft in November. The box truck is used to move clients into their new homes and transport donations. Deliveries and donation pickups will be halted until the truck is fixed. “It’s disheartening to have to get the box truck fixed again. It is a vital part of our efforts to end homelessness for the hundreds of people we serve each year. When families move into safe, affordable housing, we rely on the box truck to deliver mattresses, refrigerators, and other necessary furniture these folks would not have otherwise,” Says Meleah Spencer, CEO. Thefts have continued despite increased security camera coverage and nightly patrols. About The Kitchen, Inc. The Kitchen, Inc.’s mission is to bring stability and purpose to people who are homeless. Dedicated staff, collaboration with community organizations, and community support allow us to end homelessness for families, individuals, youth, seniors, and Veterans. To learn more, visit www.thekitcheninc.org.

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$40,000 Christmas Challenge

$40,000 Christmas Challenge

The holidays have always been a time to look back on the memories we’ve made and count the many blessings we received throughout the year. We know that for many of you, this year has been hard. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our lives in many ways. It has been especially hard for folks who are homeless or living in poverty. In response, The Kitchen, Inc. adapted so that we could continue to safely serve those in need. Through shelter-in-place orders and social distancing measures, The Kitchen, Inc. stayed open, providing vital services to families, individuals, youth, seniors, and Veterans. Since January, we have provided services to over 635 individuals, including over 200 children.

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