Feed the Need marks seven years of service

Prayers are said before volunteers serve the noon meal to the homeless at the Neighborhood House, that was prepared by Chef Sermet Aslan part of the Feed The Need program. (Grace Beahm/postandcourier.com)

It’s Feed the Need’s birthday week, and all the charitable organization wants is more chef contributors.

Launched in 2009, the nonprofit has alleviated the financial burden on hunger relief organizations by providing meals prepared in a participating restaurant’s kitchen and served by the restaurant’s staff. More than 50 restaurants have joined the effort, along with caterers and grocers such as Whole Foods Market; last year, Feed the Need handled 76 meals.

“The food usually consists of an entrée, salad, vegetable, bread and dessert,” president Mickey Bakst of Charleston Grill explains.

According to Bakst, between 300-500 area residents each week attend a meal hosted by Feed the Need The organization estimates its contribution is the equivalent of $25,000, a sum that would otherwise come out of the limited budgets at Tricounty Family Ministries, One80 Place and Neighborhood House.

Feed the Need also provides Christmas dinner to nearly 2000 people.

Bakst is seeking both volunteers and donations. For more information, e-mail mickey.bakst@belmond.com.