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Local business lends a much-needed helping hand


TRURO – Tammy Knight can’t help but get teary-eyed thinking about the need of others in this community.

This week, Knight presented a $630 cheque from KFC Taco Bell to Kane’s Kitchen, the soup kitchen that operates every Wednesday out of Immaculate Conception Church.

“You see the need for food in town. I hate seeing people suffer. Helping people should start in your own town,” said Knight, a KFC employee.

Knight is thrilled her workplace has been lending a helping hand to the soup kitchen, which serves anywhere from 150 to 200 people weekly. In addition to the cheque presentation this week, the business donated dinners to the effort when there was a kitchen equipment problem recently at the church.

Gail Keddy, Kane’s Kitchen volunteer co-ordinator and occasional cook, said the organization is extremely grateful for the support.

“This will go towards food and Christmas dinner that we are hosting. It’s important because there will be a great demand and we never turn anyone away,” said Keddy.

The Christmas soup kitchen meal will take place Dec. 17 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. About 250 people are expected to seek a meal that day at the church.

“Having donations means it’s one more meal we don’t need to take from (the soup kitchen’s) account to pay for meals. Most of the time we dip into that account, especially for meat and fresh vegetables.”

Keddy estimates it costs a few hundred dollars to offer a Wednesday meal and there are all ages benefiting from the soup kitchen.

“There are a lot of regulars and new faces. It’s not just older people any more; there are youth, families, and infants.”

After the cheque presentation, Knight was so touched by the soup kitchen’s efforts she offered to stay and help during the meal on Wednesday. She also discussed fundraising about $2,500 through KFC Taco Bell, Truro, towards the From Hunger to Hope/World Hunger Relief Program. Customers were asked throughout October to donate $1 on top of their order for the effort. In addition, Knight fundraised by washing drive-through windshields, taking a pie in her face, having a tip jar, doing an online auction, and more.

“One dollar gets four cups of rice” for some people in poor countries, Knight said. “It’s not a big deal for us to give that dollar.”

Stewiacke KFC Taco Bell staff also participated in the fundraiser earning $6,300 to support the international program, as well as an additional $650 for the Winding River Consolidated school lunch program.

 

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

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This week, Knight presented a $630 cheque from KFC Taco Bell to Kane’s Kitchen, the soup kitchen that operates every Wednesday out of Immaculate Conception Church.

“You see the need for food in town. I hate seeing people suffer. Helping people should start in your own town,” said Knight, a KFC employee.

Knight is thrilled her workplace has been lending a helping hand to the soup kitchen, which serves anywhere from 150 to 200 people weekly. In addition to the cheque presentation this week, the business donated dinners to the effort when there was a kitchen equipment problem recently at the church.

Gail Keddy, Kane’s Kitchen volunteer co-ordinator and occasional cook, said the organization is extremely grateful for the support.

“This will go towards food and Christmas dinner that we are hosting. It’s important because there will be a great demand and we never turn anyone away,” said Keddy.

The Christmas soup kitchen meal will take place Dec. 17 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. About 250 people are expected to seek a meal that day at the church.

“Having donations means it’s one more meal we don’t need to take from (the soup kitchen’s) account to pay for meals. Most of the time we dip into that account, especially for meat and fresh vegetables.”

Keddy estimates it costs a few hundred dollars to offer a Wednesday meal and there are all ages benefiting from the soup kitchen.

“There are a lot of regulars and new faces. It’s not just older people any more; there are youth, families, and infants.”

After the cheque presentation, Knight was so touched by the soup kitchen’s efforts she offered to stay and help during the meal on Wednesday. She also discussed fundraising about $2,500 through KFC Taco Bell, Truro, towards the From Hunger to Hope/World Hunger Relief Program. Customers were asked throughout October to donate $1 on top of their order for the effort. In addition, Knight fundraised by washing drive-through windshields, taking a pie in her face, having a tip jar, doing an online auction, and more.

“One dollar gets four cups of rice” for some people in poor countries, Knight said. “It’s not a big deal for us to give that dollar.”

Stewiacke KFC Taco Bell staff also participated in the fundraiser earning $6,300 to support the international program, as well as an additional $650 for the Winding River Consolidated school lunch program.

 

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Twitter: tdnMonique

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