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Rescue mission needs help with meals while under construction


A rescue mission that feeds hundreds of homeless people every year is in need of help because construction closed their kitchen.

The Kansas City Rescue Mission is trying to make do with a makeshift kitchen in a classroom. They were already getting food donations from the public that are making a big difference for those in need.

"We are demolishing the entire kitchen, you can hear that in the background. We are completely refurbishing it with new equipment," said Julie Larocco, chief development officer for the Kansas City Rescue Mission.

When construction closed the KCRM's kitchen, feeding the homeless became more difficult.

"Our biggest worry was, ‘can we feed everyone?' The answer had to be ‘yes.' So we opened a small temporary kitchen in a classroom down the hall," Larocco said.

They are using microwaves, electric Dutch ovens and a lot of creativity.

"We have to be (creative) right now. We are using roasters, warmers over here," Larocco said.

On the day KCTV5 visited, Food Services Chef Sherrie Love was preparing salad and soup.

"We can survive whatever goes on around here," she said.

Despite the positive attitude, KCRM needs some help to keep meeting their mission.

"One hundred percent of Kansas City Rescue Mission's clients are homeless. When you supply a meal, whether it is through a cash gift or bringing the meal down, you are feeding those who really don't have another option in their lives," Larocco said.

After a story about their plight previously aired on KCTV5, viewers responded. She said the KCTV5 audience has been really responsive and people have been signing up to bring in ready-to-eat meals.

Because the construction is not expected to wrap up until the end of November, they are hoping more viewers will help them feed the homeless.

"Simply putting food in their mouths. It makes us really happy to know that people see that need and really want to respond in practical, compassionate ways," Larocco said.

Anyone interested in preparing an MRE or Meal Ready to Eat can contact the Kansas City Rescue Mission by phone or online. People can also make a monetary donation.

To sign up and/or get more information, call 816-421-7643 or click here.

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