Mike McKinley of One Meal for the homeless and working poor is asking for donations of chickens, parts or whole, during the month of August
Mike McKinley of Satsuma, coordinator of One Meal for the homeless and working poor, is asking for donations of chickens during the month of August. Any cut or even whole chickens will do. Contact McKinley at 379-9014 to make a donation. Checks can be made to One Meal and mailed to 108 Joginell Cir N, Satsuma, Al. 36572.
Since I haven't written about One Meal lately, I've quoted below, in part, an article I wrote for Mobile Press Register in 2013. It tells a bit about the ministry and the McKinley's faith and commitment to keeping it going.
"One Meal, which founder Mike McKinley describes as 'a street-level ministry,' operates a food line from the parking lot of St. Louis Street Missionary Baptist Church in downtown Mobile.
"With the help of volunteers and contributions from individuals, churches, schools, civic clubs, service organizations and businesses (including restaurants), the small non-profit serves on average of 150 — and often as high as 200 — meals to the homeless and working poor every Sunday at 4 p.m.
"One Meal began in May 2009, operating from the Satsuma home of McKinley, his wife Lori and their daughters, Marina and Michaela.
“'We started in Bienville Square with just a dozen sandwiches, a case of water and a box of chips,' McKinley said. And they’ve never missed a single Sunday since, despite having had to change locations several times, despite rain or cold or sweltering heat, despite the doubt sometimes whether there’d be enough food (there always has been).
“'All this has been made possible by the help of community members and from folks afar, even as far away as Evergreen Baptist Church in Jackson, Alabama,' McKinley said.
"He hesitates to mention benefactors and volunteers by name, though, for fear of leaving out anyone. But, he said, 'I am glad that our God knows who has helped us and (know that) He will bless them for doing so.'
"One Meal is based on an 'open-door policy' that provides for anyone or any group who feels a call to help an avenue for their kindness and generosity. The open door extends to the receivers, as well as to the givers, following one guide only, that “If you are hungry, get in line,” McKinley said. some recipients also offer help, arriving early to set up tables, distributing food during the meal and helping clean up the area afterward."
For those of a mind to make a donation or volunteer to help serve the Sunday afternoon meal--Mike McKinley has a full-time job--give Mike a call: 379-9014.