Faith Mission kitchen renovations are complete and leading to more meals

Faith Mission kitchen renovations are complete and leading to more meals

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - In June, we brought you a story about Faith Mission's out of date kitchen and the renovations the organization hoped to make.
The kitchen is now complete, and it took less time than first anticipated.
Staff believed the project would take two weeks to complete.
However, they were up and running after ten days.
    "Over the two week period of the renovation, it took 150 volunteers to get us through that time period," James Crisp, the Kitchen Manager of Faith Mission, said. "And it was wonderful. We were blessed with more help."
That help, which also included numerous local businesses, is part of the reason why renovations were done in such a swift fashion.
It has a new stove, equipped with four new burners, a new fryer, a new 72-inch griddle and much more.
Despite those changes, Crisp believes a new floor is the safest edition.
    "With the non-slick floor, if we spill a little grease or oil, we don't have to risk slipping, falling and seriously hurting someone by getting scolding water on themselves or something like that," Crisp said.
It's not just new appliances, but also a new layout.
    "The groups that have used it since we re-opened have loved the efficiency," Crisp said. "There's more room."
Crisp said the upgrades allow them to cook the food faster, more efficiently and they are no longer serving any lukewarm meals.
Vicky Payne, Chief Development Officer, said it is great for Faith Mission and the people they serve.
    "I asked a lady that came here for a meal one evening where she would be without Faith Mission? 
Her response touched Payne.
    "She said if it weren't for Faith Mission, she would go three or four days without a meal," Payne said. "That really inspires me as a staff member. It motivates me that we are serving a need in the community that makes a difference in someone having a meal or not."
Crisp said that people can now come in later to prepare meals.
He also said that they are serving more people and that, in turn, will help people in the community get on their feet.
The organization has already seen an increase in meals served.
On average, they are serving 30 more meals for breakfast and lunch and close to one hundred meals for dinner.
The project cost was around $30,000.
If you are interested in attending a meal, breakfast is at 6 a.m., lunch at 12:30 p.m. and dinner at 8 p.m.

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