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Mobile Meals King Cake fundraiser underway

Jennifer Cameron, Calvin Merson and Carly Thompson help with the annual King Cake
Fundraiser at St. Matthews Church in Midwest City. (Photo by Tonya Little)

By Tonya Little
Contributing Writer

St. Matthews Church in Midwest City is holding its annual King Cake Fundraiser.   Proceeds from the sale fund the Mobile Meals program and The Food Assistance Program (TFAP).

Jennifer Cameron decorates a cake for the annual fundraiser at St. Matthew’s Church in Midwest City. (Photo by Tonya Little)

Through the TFAP program, the church receives about 7,000 pounds of food a month, which feeds about 150 people. Mobile Meals serves meals twice a week, to 135 people in the Choctaw, Mid-Del, Spencer and Eastern Oklahoma County areas. St. Matthews has also partnered with Hilltop Assembly of God to provide food for 50 people. These programs run on donations and with the aid of volunteers, coordinated by Jennifer Cameron and Candy Thompson.

“There is such a need for this, there are so many people out there that are hungry and this helps maintain them. It fills their food security. The word spread really quick, and sometimes we have extra food and people do come by and say they heard we were giving food and we’ll go ahead and include them. They have to fill out an application and be under a certain income. The demand is growing. We get more and more people that need food and I can’t imagine turning them away,” said Thompson.

Recipients of TFAP food drive up to the church and volunteers load up their vehicles with the food to allow for a limited contact delivery.

Thompson says Mobile Meals is in need of volunteers, including route drivers and food prep.

Cameron says the programs take all sorts of volunteers, including teenagers, college students, people who need community service hours, and any people that want to help.

Mobile Meals is available to any homebound senior aged 60 and over.

The King Cakes come in two sizes, large is $20 and small is $10. They have a variety of flavored fillings including chocolate, vanilla, praline, apple, peach, cream cheese and more. The handmade cakes are frosted and decorated using colored sugar in the traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold. They come with Mardi Gras beads, and the traditional baby inside the cake. The person that finds the baby in their piece of cake is crowned king or queen of the day. St. Matthews is taking king cake orders by phone, email and online. Shipping is also available. The cakes are available now until February 16th which is Fat Tuesday. To order a king cake, to volunteer or make a donation, call (405) 795-4530, email Mobilemealsofstmatthews@yahoo.com, or visit their website at www.stmatthew.org.

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