Its Many Meals – Week 430 for April 12, 2017 – Its Ken Ary Week at Many Meals

Ken Ary is one of our faithful, predictable and helpful cooks. Tonight he is having heart surgery, apparently the result of tests he had done to discover why he was so short of breath. His family is posting his condition on Facebook. Pray for Ken, if you would.

Food Pantries have a reputation for canned soup, bread and some vegetables.

You should see ours, thanks to our food rescue program and partnership with Food Share, last weekend’s pantry consisted of 1,600 lbs of frozen chicken, 100 dozen eggs, fresh asparagus, bananas, lots of fancy breads, garlic bread, sandwich bread, celery, oranges, canned fruit, spaghetti and spaghetti sauce. How good is that? Critics comment often on people taking more than they should or guessing they don’t really need it. We don’t ask questions or think that way. If there is food, we want everyone to have a fair share. You never know what two or three free meals do for a stretched budget.  Besides that, it’s not my food.

“Let your hook always be cast In the pool where you least expect it, for there will be a fish.” — Ovid

For many in our community, food pantry day is grocery shopping day and Many Meals is party time. I love seeing the line and I am so thankful God decided long before the foundation of the world was laid this would be my job.  He promised that He would prepare our hands for the work He called us to do so I have no excuse.

Tomorrow’s menu will be mashed potatoes and baked chicken with gravy, cooked peas (thank you Clint Garman and Sysco Foods), green salad, rolls and butter.

If you haven’t visited Many Meals, you should. There are 20 – 30 students each week from various schools along with young ones the ages of 6 and 8 years old. Their parents want them to have early experiences of working with adults and helping people outside their sphere. Thank you Jenny and Carlos for sharing your kids with us and setting such a good example… besides the help you provide.

The Many Meals Story – Santa Paula CA

SPIRIT of Santa Paula

Kay Wilson-Bolton, Director


Serving the Least Powerful and Most Vulnerable People in Santa Paula CA



About Kay Wilson-Boltonhttp://www.kaywilsonbolton.netWith a full-time career in real estate, I can add to your bank of knowledge, not only in real estate but in many areas of life that deal with people and relationships and choices. My real estate career has taught me many lessons about planning ahead and looking forward. I believe in helping along the way so that they can be the best they can be in any situation. I serve as a Fire Department Chaplain and Coordinator for the Many Meals Project which serves homeless and hungry families in my community. The event is far more than many meals. As a result of my work with the homeless population in my community, I received the Good Neighbor Award 2017 from the National Association of Realtors and named as a Champion of Homes in 2015 by the California Association of Realtors. I make pastoral visits to the inmates in the County Jail System and offer them what God says about "all things being new" and His remarkable plan for our lives. I have served my community as Mayor and in many volunteer capacities. I serve others by serving God first. My husband is involved in prison ministry and is a graphic artist. We live a simple life in Santa Paula with an office cat named Scout, three rescued poodles and a cat named Tony Diane at home.

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