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Neosho Ministry "Hope Kitchen" Plans to Open in October

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NEOSHO, MISSOURI -

Canopy Church in Neosho shines a light on hunger. The congregation is in the process of opening a soup kitchen just off the town's square.

It's been Desiree Bridges’s mission the last several months to re-open the former space of “Norma's Kitchen” under the name “Hope Kitchen,” a ministry to help solve the epidemic of hunger in Newton County.

Even with other ministries for the needy, hers will be open to anyone who is hungry, whether homeless or low income, and she sees “Hope Kitchen” complimenting the area.

"We ave lots of help centers in town. We have Care Net, we have Crosslines, we even have a homeless shelter here in town. But if you look at just the numbers alone 60% of children in Newton County receive free and reduced lunches. So that should show us that there's a need. And then also 40% are on food stamps and that's just who we have counted. We don't even know who is not being counted for. So there's a huge need in town," says "Hope Kitchen" Director Desiree Bridges.

Volunteers have been working to renovate the 2,400 square foot restaurant over the last several months and are looking for more support and donations.

Bridges says it takes an estimated $3000 to keep the doors open to the public three to four days a week.

The project is expected to be completed in October.

If you'd like to donate you can on their Plumfund page.

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