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Matt’s completed its first kids cooking classes – five junior chefs were enrolled.  The Program ran Saturday mornings for four weeks June 2-23 from 10-10:45 AM.  The first class learned to cook meals using crock pots.  Our chefs ultimately made 2 main dishes; a dessert, and break/fast during the course of the class. Each participant received a crockpot, apron, bag of cooking essentials, cookbook, and certificate. , Manna Ashville, NC provided the utensils given to new chefs. 

kid chef 1     kid chef 2

On June 9th – Manna Express visited Matt’s Food Pantry.  Manna’s truck brought volumes of produce, a chef who demonstrated – frittata making – and extra fresh fruit for our kids’ weekend food bags.  During this visit Manna also made an infomercial about the Express Program which features Matt’s clients and Matt’s Ministry location.

manna express 2     march happenings 3

June  16th the Holy Smokers from Hayesville’s Episcopal Church returned to Matt’s and set up to provide hot dogs, hamburgers and an assortment of sides to Matt’s clients and volunteers.  They are wonderful cooks and more than 250 people enjoyed the meal and the fellowship.

holy smokers


Matt’s volunteers were at Hayesville on the Square – July 14th, 15th-promoting the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.  Pictured here is Sister Terry Martin,of the Sisters of Notre Dame, from Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Hayesville  – posing with Dolly Parton at the weekend event.  Sister was also there to deliver a $1000.00 check to Matt’s Ministry for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.  The funds, from the Sisters of Notre Dame Education Program, will be used to purchase books for children enrolled in the Imagination Library.  This program currently serves 425 Clay county youngsters from birth to kindergarten delivering an age appropriate book to their homes each month by mail.  It is part of a multi-national reading program sponsored by Dolly Parton in conjunction with local partners across the country.  This spring Dolly Parton was honored by the US Library of Congress for her reading effort which has distributed more than 100 million books to youngsters since its inception in 1990’s.  Sister – Thank you for your generosity!

dolly parton reading

Truitt Youth Group joined  Matt’s Saturday Pantry volunteers – The Youth group will be helping out the 1st Saturday of each month.

Past Happenings

April 20th -Matt’s honored more than 85 volunteers at its Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.  Matt’s Board did the cooking – which was Italian inspired.  Since its inception in 2013 more than 120 community residents have been involved in making Matt’s food pantry and ministry a reality.  Volunteers come from all faiths and churches.  Currently more than 125 families each week attend the Food Pantry held Saturday mornings or are one of an additional 65 families receiving food supplements by home delivery.