Food for Joplin – A letter from Chef Renee Kelly

Calling all chefs, farmers, vendors and volunteers,

 We are pulling together a grass roots effort to help the folks in Joplin, MO through food. It may be a nominal thought, but as you know food is associated with good and bad times while nurturing the soul and also providing fuel to go on another day.

Volunteers and residents of Joplin need to be able to go on another day. I am Renee Kelly, chef/owner of Renee Kelly’s and I believe the service we can provide is a hot wholesome and nutritious meal for as many people as possible. This takes a community effort. We are not asking for food service professionals to take on a shovel or an axe, we are asking you to do what you do best, create food.

Here are your opportunities:

  •  . Donate food products, a list is attached, any or all portions would be appreciated .
  • Donate time on Saturday 6.4, Sunday 6.5, Monday 6.6 and Tuesday 6.7 in Kansas City or in Joplin .
  • Donate a truck, or vehicle to help get the products down .

Keep the word out we are going to help our neighbors. .

  •  ***Farmers and growers, we can pick up anything you would like to donate at your farmer’s markets on Saturday June 4th around closing time of the market. We will be at Overland Park Market, Brookside Market, Kansas City Market, Merriam, Bad Seed and Rosedale.   If there are any other requests, we can make it happen.

I hope you can help in any capacity and we must move quickly. Donations will be accepted now, May 27, 2011 through June 5th.

We will meet at Renee Kelly’s at Caenen Castle

12401 Johnson Drive,

 Shawnee, KS 66216

 Preparations will start Saturday June 4th-Monday June 6th.  As of now our travel plans are dependent upon how much product and help we have.  Some may go down early on Sunday evening to set up and waves of volunteers Sunday -Tuesday to help in Joplin. It is our goal to serve Monday and Tuesday. These plans will be dependent upon product and volunteers keep up to date with specifics via FB.

 You can reach us at, find me on FB or call our office 913-631-4100.

Most Sincere,

 Renee Kelly


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