We still have some cards available. Suggested donation; $5 ea.

The perfect way to share what’s in your heart!
Dear Friends of Martha’s~
This year, for Valentine’s Day, we are proposing that we move from the traditional red Valentine’s Day card to a “purple Valentine’s Day card!” Why change the color of the heart from red to purple?
When you use the color purple, you are demonstrating that you are sensitive and compassionate, understanding and supportive, thinking of others before yourself – AND – you are the person others come to for help!
We would like to suggest that this year, with Valentine’s day falling on Ash Wednesday, we capture the special tradition during this time of Lent, to give to charity in a special way. (The last time these two fell on the same day was 1945!)
Why not give a monetary gift in honor of your special Valentine and celebrate both special days by making the Valentine purple?! This beautiful Purple Valentine will show those you care for that you understand that so many need our help even to get through each day.
The monetary gift you donate will go to help support our mission of “restoring dignity to hungry individuals and families by providing nourishment and companionship in a safe, warm and caring environment.”
The card will give an explanation of the great gift of care and compassion you have given in honor of your special person, and they will know that you not only care for them, but for the poor who need our help.
Shout out of gratitude to the Franciscan Brothers and Sisters for their inspired idea and to our volunteer Cathy Whistler Rockey for her beautiful creativeness in making our cards.
Cards will be available Feb. 1st. (Limited supply available) You can reserve yours now!
Peace and all good~!

Photos from our Souper-Bowl-A-Thon

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Name that Beer! 14th Star Brewing Co. Announces New Brew to Benefit Martha’s Kitchen!

From our generous friends at 14th Star Brewing Company:

We’re bottling a brew to benefit Martha’s Kitchen, and we want YOU to name it!

For over 30 years Martha’s Community Soup Kitchen has been on a mission to improve the quality of life and restore dignity to hungry individuals and families in Franklin County by providing nutritious food & comradery in a safe, warm & caring environment.

We will be releasing this bourbon barrel aged stout just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday and will donate a portion of the proceeds from every bottle to help assist Martha’s Kitchen in their move to their new Lake Street location — allowing them to continue in their mission to help our neighbors and friends in need.

Martha’s Kitchen is an integral part of our community — we think it is only appropriate that this brew to benefit them is named by our community!

Do you have a great name for this brew? Please go to the 14th Star Brewing Company Facebook page and add a comment with your suggestion for the perfect beer name! They will pull a few of the favorites and post them for a community vote for the winner!

“One America” National Bus Tour – Workshop & Dinner

Please join us at Martha’s Kitchen for this special dinner and workshop. Click on the poster for an expanded view.

 

 

Souper Bowl-A-Thon Registration Opens!

Sign up for our Super Bowl-A-Thon to help a Martha’s Kitchen continue to nourish our community! Come prepared for some good spirited competition, a chance to win great prizes and more! This isn’t your momma’s Bowl-a-Thon. CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS!

Recruit people to build your team of four to five bowlers, (friends, family, co-workers, church members, etc.). They do not have to be bowlers or have any previous bowling experience – just be willing to raise a minimum of $100 each bowler (minimum of $500 dollars per team) and be ready to have a bowling blast!

You don’t need to be much of a bowler; this event is more about having a great time and supporting our community’s Soup Kitchen. Please keep in mind, we are the only Soup Kitchen in Franklin County and only one of the few in the state open 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

Click here for full details.

Blessings Shared… We receive a much needed new freezer! (Without delay!)

A few weeks ago, we walked into a real mess when one of our larger freezers decided to quit on us! However, during the scramble to rush and save as much of the food as possible, Deacon Dwayne from Holy Angels Parish just happened to stop by for a visit.

Within 10 minutes of him hearing of our predicament, Deacon returned with good news! “A new freezer is being donated and will be here today!”   Sincere thanks to our friends at WoodmenLife Vermont Chpt 1.

In addition to providing a new freezer, they are sponsoring us monthly by providing our plastic containers and covers for the “Meals-to-go” program. This will help our commitment to maintaining service with dignity.

Pictured are Bob Cole and Karynne Lang (WoodmenLife) standing with our Guardian Bob in front of our new freezer!

Blessings of Peace and All Good being shared!!!!

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Martha’s Kitchen Needs New Home

Article featured in the St. Albans Messenger – June 2, 2016
St Albans Messenger - Martha's Kitchen Needs New Home

Martha’s In Need Of A New Home

Dear Friends of Martha’s;

Downtown Saint Albans is the home of an exciting opportunity for our community, we’ve seen growth and change come in just a few years. Our downtown is becoming a finely cut gem in Northwestern Vermont. Cars with out-of-state plates are beginning to line our streets and returning visitors are becoming the norm. Soon, (I have faith!) the weather will warm and evenings will echo with the sound of music and laughter as we take advantage of outside seating and enjoy our friends and family, over a table, a drink and a meal.

On one window on one door on Main Street there is a humble sign, for a humble mission with big dreams to meet a growing need. Each weekday, from 8 am until near 1 pm, people come through that door, down the hall and sit at tables, talk with friends, sit with their children, enjoy hot meals and receive companionship and care from a loving, mostly volunteer, staff. Martha’s Kitchen has been a part of our community since 1984. On their opening day, they served ten meals. On a day that I recently volunteered, we served over 100. Martha’s has grown from serving lunch five days a week, to providing hot breakfast and lunch and take home meals five days a week, as well as community brunches. We serve individuals and families, some who are with us from shortly after we open until we close, others who come in before work and on their lunch-break.

Even with this growth, the need in our community is not met. Our goal is to be open seven days a week. Our current rental space is up for sale, and we are now in need of a new home. We long for a place that we can call our own, although we will be happy to rent again, in what will be our fourth location, we are not adverse to owning our own building. Although we love being on Main street, anywhere that is in the downtown area, or easily accessible to down town, perhaps on the bus route, would be a viable option. If you know of such a space, please contact Bob Begley, (802)524-9749, or via email, marthas@yahoo.com.

I have served as the pastor of First Baptist Church in Saint Albans for nearly 16 years. I’ve been in and out of Martha’s Kitchen since it was on Lake Street, in the Saint Albans House, on Kingman Street, in the Samaritan House/Tim’s Place and, now, in its current location next to Subway. Martha’s Kitchen has become a bright, clean, welcoming place. We welcome people where they are and seek to create, with them, a community where they can grow and have their needs met. We are blessed to have the help of area churches, NCSS, NWMC, probation and parole, and our civic and business leaders.

~Bill Simmons
Secretary of Martha’s Kitchen