“Eyeball” meatballs, pasta, salad, fresh fruit, dessert — and friends sitting down for a warm meal together. That was the main menu Monday at the Community Kitchen, which celebrated both Halloween and the return to dine-in meals for the organization.
Cheryl Prichard, board of directors president and volunteer at The Kitchen, said they served 96 meals to those in need Monday during the first day back to serving people indoors since before the pandemic in early 2020.
“It went relatively smoothly — we thought, anyway,” she said, adding the staff and volunteers were a mixture of nervous and excited to get back in the swing of things.
“The staff was here and ready to go about 15 minutes early, and since we were all so excited, we went ahead and opened a little early.”
She said those who came in for a hot meal got a kick out of the Halloween-inspired menu as they went through the line.
“People laughed and really thought those were kind of fun,” she said. Most of the people who came in just thought it was “nice to be able to sit down and talk with friends,” she said.
Prichard said they did still provide a few take-away meals for those who were unable to come join them, but who still needed something to eat.
“We don’t want to see anyone go hungry,” she said.
The Community Kitchen is a nondenominational, nonprofit organization that serves hot lunches for anyone in need of a meal five days a week — from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The Kitchen is located behind the big red door at Trinity Episcopal Church on the corner of Willey and Spruce streets in downtown Morgantown.
Prichard said to find out about everything offered by Community Kitchen or to sign up to volunteer or donate, visit their website www.morgantowncommunitykitchen.com.