The Kitchen celebrates 50 years in Wichita Falls

Ribbon cutting at The Kitchen to celebrate 50 years
Ribbon cutting at The Kitchen to celebrate 50 years

WICHITA FALLS, TX - The Kitchen is celebrating 50 years in Wichita Falls.

In the last five decades, the non-profit has served senior citizens all over the city.

Director of Marketing and Development, Pam Hughes said the success comes from the people of Wichita Falls.

"It has grown tremendously," said Hughes.  "We're very excited about the growth and we wouldn't have been able to grow with the communities help."

The Kitchen started in 1967 as a place where seniors could get together.

Meals on Wheels is a program that is run through The Kitchen.

20 plus year volunteer Kathy Lamb said it's not about her. 
"It's a way of giving back to a life that has been so kind to me," said Lamb.

For many of the volunteers, it's more than driving around delivering lunches and dinners.

Mary Lynn Boyd said you get to know the clients.

"Sometimes they pour their hearts out to us," said Boyd.  "Sometimes they don't only need a meal, they need a hug.  We give them lots of those."

Several organizations partner with The Kitchen, one of them is the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank.

The Kitchen puts together meals for Kids Cafe.

That program delivers meals to the Boys and Girls Clubs in Wichita Falls.

The Kitchen also has two active senior citizen centers.

"My sister goes down to The Zone and a whole bunch of them will come up here and eat," said Hallie Gunter, a volunteer.

"It's just a place that is safe and comfortable where they get to enjoy friendship and fellowship and a delicious meal every day," said Hughes.

Volunteers and organizers with The Kitchen, want to see the non-profit continue to feed for another half century.

"We've seen it come a long way," said Boyd.  "I am so grateful to the community and all the people that help with this wonderful organization and see the great need."

"It reminds us what we are doing and our mission," said Hughes.  "It's beautiful."

Right now, The Kitchen is in a big need for drivers for its meals on wheels program.

To become a volunteer, click here.

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