Center Street Kitchen
John 6 verses 1-15 recounts the miracle of Jesus feeding 5,000 people from a small boy’s lunch of five barley loaves and two small fish. Do you know that this miracle is repeated every Friday at the First Presbyterian church of Eustis?
The Center Street Kitchen was started August 7, 2009 by Dr. Charles (Chuck) Broadway. Dr. Broadway has a passion for cooking and wanted to do something proactive to help the large number of local residents who have been devastated by financial or personal hardship.
The Kitchen prepares and serves lunch every Friday from 11:00 AM until 12:30 PM. Some days, the volunteers arrive as early as 7:00 AM to start the preparations. Everyone is welcome and no pressure is put on anyone to do anything except enjoy a time of good food and companionship. Starting with 6 meals, the Kitchen now serves an average of 170 meals a week. This summer we eclipsed the 200 meal mark, which was a huge milestone.
The food for the Kitchen comes almost totally from donations. The outpouring of support from Church members and the community in the form of money, food and volunteer service has been inspiring. Thanks to Waterman Village, unused food has been donated which has greatly added to the supply. In recent months, clothes donations have been added and a free clothes closet has been offered to the needy.
Currently, the Kitchen has enough food and volunteers to add a second day. In addition, there are plans to add delivered meals to the homebound.
If you would like to volunteer for Center Street Kitchen, please CLICK HERE to fill out a form.