New kitchen arrives at Hope Village

A new kitchen unit arrived Saturday to Hope Village, where it soon will be put to use in preparing meals for out-of-town volunteers working on the flood rebuild.

Hope Village now is looking for volunteers to help raise the dining tent on Friday. For information or to volunteer, contact Steve Carbno, Hope Village’s coordinator, at 240-1495 or (localvolunteers@hopevillageND.org.) A crew will begin working on the tent at 9:30 a.m. on Friday and a second crew will move chairs and tables on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning.

The 30-foot kitchen trailer, built by All Pro Manufacturing out of Hattiesburg, Miss., features two convection ovens, a stovetop, tilt skillet and griddle. It also has a sandwich-making stand and refrigeration as well as a conventional oven. It will go into use once hooked up to electrical power and water.

Hope Village purchased and furnished the unit with grants from Lutheran Church Missouri Synod World Relief and the Otto Bremer Foundation.

“It’s a relief to finally have kitchen on site,” said Jennifer Kelly, the chef at Hope Village. “I look forward to cooking for the volunteers this summer on the premises.”

Since mid-April, out-of-town volunteers have stayed on the HopeVillage campus but have eaten meals at St. Mark’s Lutheran and Our Savior Lutheran churches.

The unit replaces a mobile kitchen from Orphan Grain Train, which had been used to prepare meals for more than 2,000 Hope Village volunteers. That unit was returned to Orphan Grain Train to be made available for dispatch to other disasters.