Carol's Kitchen News | December 2014
Feeding the Hungry in the San Gorgonio Pass
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From all of us at Carol's Kitchen

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Carol's Kitchen Makes an Impact During Thanksgiving Week


Thank you to all of our sponsors and volunteers who helped make this year's Carol's Kitchen lunches possible during Thanksgiving week. This year, we served a total of 1,229 meals to men, women and children. As with every year, Morongo Band of Mission Indians donated the turkeys, which were prepared by Carol’s Kitchen volunteers and served with all of the fixings.

This year, Carol’s Kitchen started serving Thanksgiving meals at the Cabazon Community Center on Monday, November 24, where it served 271 meals, continued at Banning Community Center on Tuesday, November 24, where the nonprofit served 564 meals, and concluded in Beaumont on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26, where Carol’s Kitchen volunteers at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church served 394 meals.

“Volunteers turned out in droves to prepare meals for those celebrating this special week of gratitude. We could not be more thankful to the volunteers who participated as well as our sponsors such as Morongo Band of Mission Indians who made it possible to serve a traditional Thanksgiving meal,” says Carol’s Kitchen founder Arlene Ragan. “Many of our guests came with their families and other loved ones. They clearly felt comfortable celebrating Thanksgiving in the Carol’s Kitchen environment while enjoying delicious food made with love. We look forward to doing this again next year.”

See the photo spread in the Record Gazette »  

Volunteer Spotlight: Vince Oddo

Vince Oddo has volunteered with Carol’s Kitchen for three and a half years at the Banning Community Center. Before coming to the San Gorgonio Pass, he worked and lived in El Monte then later Rancho Cucamonga, having served as a volunteer firefighter for 14 years (before these cities employed firefighters). Vince has two children and seven grandchildren and is currently enjoying life in Banning with his wife Flo.

Where are you from originally? How did you hear about Carol’s Kitchen?

I am originally from Rancho Cucamonga. My wife passed away. My ex neighbor was single and we got together. She already had a home in the north part of Sun Lakes. She sold her house in Rancho and we bought a house together in Banning. Now we are living happily ever after. A couple of friends work at Carol’s Kitchen; they live at Four Seasons. I was looking for a place to volunteer. They talked about the kitchen and I figured I had to try it out. I enjoy taking care of big people and little people.

What made you want to work at a soup kitchen?

I found myself with spare time and always wanted to help those less fortunate than myself. I enjoy the camaraderie down at Carol’s Kitchen. We’ve got a good bunch of people there!

What role do you serve at Carol's Kitchen?

I work the front door, hand out tickets when our guests come in for food and when they leave, we give them produce and other cookies, cakes, breads and other fresh foods to take home.

What have been your favorite experiences Carol’s Kitchen?

I enjoy meeting the people, big people and little people. Making sure they’re happy. I’m looking forward to Christmas, Santa Claus will be coming by at some point to hand out gifts to the kids. One of our volunteers owns a hardware store nearby and she donates a lot of items for the Christmas giveaway.

In the San Gorgonio Pass area, what makes Carol’s Kitchen so important? 

Carol’s Kitchen does a nice job. A lot of people need help.

Come in and meet Vince sometime! Volunteer or enjoy a meal at our Tuesday or Friday kitchens at Banning Community Center. See our schedule »

“For it is in giving that we receive.” ―
St. Francis of Assisi

There's Still Time to Make Your #GivingTuesday Donation

Thank you to those who donated to Carol's Kitchen in honor of #GivingTuesday, which took place on December 2 after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. If you still want to place your donation in honor of this annual day of giving, there's still time!

Ways to Give:

Mail a check to:
Carol's Kitchen
P.O. Box 364
Calimesa, CA 92320
Memo: Giving Tuesday
Donate online at

Bring your check or cash donation to one of our kitchens. See our kitchen hours and locations at
Learn the history of Giving Tuesday »

We are grateful for whatever you give. If you have any questions, please contact Marty Bauer at 951-769-7804.

Meal Counts for October 2014

October 2014: Total 5,121 meals

Here's a breakdown by location:
  • Banning: 2,356 (Tuesday and Friday kitchens combined)
  • Beaumont: 1,899 (Monday and Thursday kitchens combined)
  • Cabazon: 866 (Monday and Thursday kitchens combined)

We are grateful to address hunger by feeding those in need one plate at a time. Thank you to all of our volunteers and sponsors for making this possible!
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