Physicians "Re-Gift" for Community Causes

January 13, 2016

Photo:  L to R:  Joe Pena (Board Member), Chris Jennings (Chairman TCK Board). Phillip Wright, FACHE- CEO, Kimberly Brown Czaja (Exec Director TCK), Stacy Waldroop (Board Member)

Physicians on staff at Haywood Regional Medical Center customarily receive a small holiday gift from administration – this year they unanimously opted to “re-gift” the funds to various community charities. 

One selected charity is The Community Kitchen of Canton.  

The Community Kitchen is a non-profit organization serving all residents in need in Haywood County by serving an evening meal every night at 5pm, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year.  In 2014, over 12,500 plates were served. Twice each month, food boxes are distributed to individuals and families in need.

Over 1600 food boxes were distributed in 2014
– and the numbers are rising each year. TCK has become a family of people of different ages, races and needs. There are elderly and disabled who live on fixed income, low wage working folks and unemployed people who are seeking jobs. There are individuals, couples and families who eat at TCK to stretch their money.  And there are homeless who depend on TCK for daily food.  The ministry of TCK happens because people care about their fellow human beings and the community has come together to take care of their own. The TCK is primarily funded through private donations, church donations, and two fundraisers per year (a golf tournament and a holiday mail campaign). 

How Can I Help?

You can provide much needed assistance in the following ways:

  • Donate food, paper products or cleaning supplies
  • Create a special day each month to collect food or donations at your church or office
  • Make a commitment for regular financial gifts to TCK
  • Volunteer to cook/serve at TCK
  • Volunteer to keep the food pantry clean and organized
  • Instead of buying Christmas gifts of birthday presents, make a donation in a love one’s honor
  • Encourage someone you know who needs help to come to TCK for their evening meal

The Community Kitchen is also part of the United Way family. They receive support through grants each year – by participating in the United Way Fund Drive – you supportTCK.  Follow the Community Kitchen on Facebook or visit their web site at: