Knox College Fraternity to sponsor both April Free Community Meals at the Knox Prairie Community Kitchen.
Galesburg- The Knox Prairie Community Kitchen (KPCK) received a generous donation from Sigma Chi Fraternity, Lambda Alpha Chapter at Knox College, sponsoring both Free Community Meals in April. The Fraternity raised over $1000 last November for the Knox Prairie Community Kitchen through their Derby Days fundraiser. The first Free Community Meal in April is Thursday, April 11th in the basement of the Central Congregational Church. Doors open at 5:15 and dinner is served from 5:30-7:00pm. Jim’s Loaded Baked potato with chili, cheese, onions, peppers and tomatoes will be served, in addition to house salad and bread pudding for dessert. The second Free Community Meal of the month is on Thursday, April 25th.
Class of 2013 Knox College student, Alex Uzarowicz, past philanthropic chair and current academic chair and inter fraternity council representative of Sigma Chi, first heard about the Knox Prairie Community Kitchen “via GREDA (Galesburg Regional Economic Development Association), the [Knox] Center for Community Service, and word of mouth as well from Knox students.”
Derby Days is an annual event for Sigma Chi, hosting fundraising events and activities during an entire week with proceeds given to a charity or organization. According to the international chapter’s official website, the basic mission of Derby Days is to “serve the community.”
“We picked KPCK because we usually pick the national Huntsman Center Foundation (Jon Huntsman, a Sigma Chi, who also ran for president and directs the organization to raise money for cancer research). But I decided that it would be better to help the LOCAL community. There is a lot of work to be done in Galesburg. Also, local community service allows volunteers to see immediate changes, and see the impact that they had on the lives of community neighbors. It's definitely more practical.” Alex Uzarowicz ’13 shared. “In my view, it's our chapter's chance to help the community by fundraising.”
Alex has had first-hand experience with the KPCK’s Community Meals through volunteering at the bi-monthly dinners served at the Central Congregational Church. “I loved it. I thought it was a great way to meet new people and again see the impact that we had on others. In addition, KPCK was very organized. It was easy for volunteers to follow through all the tasks and remained pretty active throughout the dinner.”
The Knox Prairie Community Kitchen has served free community meals twice monthly since November 2011, offering nutritious, balanced meals and opportunities for community and volunteerism as part of its overall mission.
The mission of the Knox Prairie Community Kitchen is to serve nutritious food with dignity, respect and compassion to our neighbors regardless of situation, background or ability to pay. We see to strengthen our community by sharing meals with our neighbors and by engaging in outreach and educational activities related to hunger, food insecurity and food policy.
For more information on the KPCK schedule, meal menus, volunteering or donating, please visit knoxprairiekitchen.org, email
or call 309-335-3544.