To Chop and Stir

Real Estate Agent with Russell Real Estate Services

It Is Our Joy to Chop and Stir


In November of 2009 the six churches of Huron, Ohio hosted their first FREE Community Meal.  It started with a Thanksgiving feast prepared at Christ Episcopal Church in a 12x16 basement kitchen with one stove, a kitchen refrigerator and NO dishwasher.  We served approx 35 guests at that first meal.

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Since that time, through the generosity of the First Presbyterian Church, we have moved to a REAL kitchen…..with a commercial dishwasher and refrigerator and stoves and sinks galore and stainless working surfaces….

We now serve between 150 -190 guests at each meal, including 50+ home deliveries, take-outs and regular sit down meals.

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It remains a collaborative and growing effort between the six churches of Huron.


Soup kitchenMy particular role is that of prep cook.  Our day starts around 9:30 a.m. and ends when the dishes are done and the floor is mopped around 7:30 p.m.

It’s like the Iron Chef show at our kitchen.  You never know what will be provided until the last minute.  Then we collectively decide how to use what we have.

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Wednesday’s meal consisted of Sauerkraut and Pork, Beef Ribs in a fresh tomato sauce, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, green pepper salad, garden salad, fruit salad, bread and butter and a multitude of desserts.  We also made fresh tomato sauce to freeze for another meal.

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Our meals are offered on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month.  Anyone can come.  It is located at the First Presbyterian church on the corner of Williams and Cleveland Rd.  Dinner is served at 5 p.m.

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It is our pleasure to chop and stir for you.  

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Mary M. Kandell                                             
ABR, CNE                                               
Russell Real Estate

It Starts With the Heart 


6203 Milan Rd. Sandusky, OH   44870

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Comments (7)

Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

What a wonderful blessing to be able to provide to those in need I know you and your team get plenty of thanks for this.

Sep 16, 2011 05:37 AM
Mary M. Kandell
Russell Real Estate Services - Sandusky, OH

To enjoy the food that we prepare is our greatest compliment.  We do get so many thank you's.

Sep 16, 2011 05:54 AM
Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady!
Keller Williams Realty Boise - Nampa, ID did the pepper salad go over???

Sep 16, 2011 10:27 AM
Mary M. Kandell
Russell Real Estate Services - Sandusky, OH

Deborah,  It was fabulous.  Our guests and helpers alike were stalking me for the recipe.Green Pepper Salad

Sep 16, 2011 10:58 AM
Lea-Ann Fernandez

My name is Lea-Ann, my sister is Chris Hakeman. Chris sent this to me so I can see all the wonderful people that she talks about all the time. I can't wait to come to Ohio and help out wherever you need me. Thanks for all you do, I know it is appreciated by many. 

Oct 08, 2011 11:17 AM
Marcia Szweda

My name is Marcia and Chris Hakeman is my SISTER by heart...I remember way back when Chris started the Soup Kitchen...she said if they won't let me feed the needy in our area from a kitchen in a Church I will feed them at the end of my drive-way from my own kitchen...I guess the Good Lord knew she ment business and gave her the Place to feed the needy and the HELPERS... she once told me I only have a few helpers, how am I going to do this....and POOF there were the helpers she needed. May God bless Chris for starting this wonderful place for people to meet and eat and be loved by all the wonderful people that help. God bless you all now and always for what you do.


Oct 19, 2011 05:08 AM
Mary M. Kandell
Russell Real Estate Services - Sandusky, OH

Marcia,  Thank you for your kind words.  Chris is an inspiration to us all.  We are so grateful to her for her vision and leadership.  

Oct 19, 2011 05:34 AM