POMEROY — Three days each week, the Mulberry Country Kitchen, located in the Mulberry Community Center, provides lunch for those in the community.
Soup and salad are offered free of charge, with a menu of home-style meals available for $3.
While the idea was initially to provide meals to those in need, the community serves lunches to a range of people from all walks of life who visit for lunch and socialize with one another.
Since opening, more than 1,900 meals have been served by the all-volunteer staff.
“It is a privilege to do this” said head cook Linda Lukasik of taking on the kitchen operation following her retirement a few years ago.
Now, the kitchen itself is in need of some help from the community it serves.
Lukasik explained that the money from the lunches each day goes to purchase the food items and for routine maintenance.
On Oct. 9 — which is also being celebrated as the fourth anniversary of the kitchen opening — a spaghetti dinner will be conducted to raise funds to replace the kitchen’s approximately 50-year-old dishwasher.
The goal is to raise $2,500, which is the kitchen’s match for a grant from the Sisters Health Foundation, which is for the replacement of the dishwasher and the equipment to operate it.
The dinner will be 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at the Mulberry Community Center. The menu for the dinner includes salad bar, homemade rolls with garlic butter, pasta with meat sauce, fresh fruit, country cake and beverages.
Dine-in or take-out is available for a $7 donation.
Special music will be by Steve Skidmore and Richard Comer at 11 a.m., and Summer Shade at 1 p.m.
In addition to the spaghetti dinner fundraiser, pies are being sold during the regular lunch days, with the funds going toward the dishwasher.