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Open Door Ministries takes on food insecurity in High Point

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- One of the busiest areas inside Open Door Ministries is the kitchen.

As part of its mission to address hunger and homelessness, the non-profit serves meals to people in need.

“Volunteers come in between six and seven o’clock in the morning then we run all day long until about seven or eight o’clock at night,” executive director Steve Key said.

It’s estimated that in a year’s time, Open Door Ministries will serve around 96,000 meals to people in the community.

Keeping up with that kind of demand means making sure the kitchen appliances can keep up too.

“We've had some of those pieces of equipment for 20 years and it was time for an upgrade,” Key said.

Open Door Ministries received a generous donation from a church that was renovating its kitchen, including a convection oven, warming table and serving tables.

However, the electrical system inside the nonprofit’s kitchen wasn’t compatible with the equipment.

The High Point Community Foundation provided funding for the necessary upgrades.

“It's great for us. This program is run by donations and volunteers and we serve a lot of people that are in our community that have needs, and for us to be able to have the improved equipment to be able to prepare these foods is a great help to us,” Key said.

Open Door Ministries received a little more than $14,000 from the High Point Community Foundation.

The money not only helped with the needs in the kitchen, but it was also used to fix a leak in one of Open Door Ministries’ shelters and replace an air-conditioning unit in its transitional housing for veterans.