Young woman cooking healthy food with lots of vegetables
WAYNESBORO, Va -- Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings are busy days at Disciples Kitchen. Teams of volunteers from 30 Valley churches work throughout the morning preparing meals for hungry people, but it is all planned weeks in advance.
“We meet about three weeks before we comes down here and decide on a menu and then each person signs up or to bring what they're best at. And we like to do homemade as much as possible,” said Harriet Wangler, a volunteer at Disciples Kitchen.
A homemade meal can mean a lot to a person, especially if that person does not have a home to make their own. That was why Thomas and Karyle Horne visited about three months ago.
“We walked by. We just happened to be walking by. We saw the line and, there's clue number one. So we asked what's going on. They'll feed you. Alright, that works for me,” said Karyle.
Thomas said just how important this service is.
“The people are good and the food is, you know, really hot meals. Right now it's hard to get a hot meal out there right now,” said Thomas.
It is those good people that keep Karyle and Thomas coming back. Karyle said the people at the Disciples Kitchen genuinely care about the people they serve.
“I've been to places where they don't really care. They're just doing it. Some of them are doing it for a paycheck. Some of them are doing it, I don't know, for props. These people actually care. If you need something they'll go out of their way to get it,” said Karyle.
The reason the volunteers at Disciples Kitchen actually care is, they said, because they actually want to help.
“We've been given so much and it's good to give something back, and to see where your help is going, not just mailing a check. It makes me feel good,” said Wangler.
Disciples Kitchen is open to anyone looking for a hot meal.
A fundraising benefit for the kitchen will take place on Saturday at Stone Soup Books in Waynesboro.