Soup kitchen reminds donors of the importance of a good meal

By Krystal Allan - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -  It was taste-tested approved.

"It's awesome!  The cooks are to be commended," said Judy Jones, Director of the Bethel Free Clinic.

New York style spaghetti dinners kept taste buds satisfied Friday at the Loaves of Fishes soup kitchen in Biloxi.

"I love this spaghetti sauce, and I'm funny about my spaghetti sauce," Jones said.

New York native and Loaves and Fishes board member Toni Najjar is the master chef behind the infusion of east coast flavor.  Harrison County Supervisor and celebrity server Wendy Swetman couldn't resist asking how she whipped it up.

While getting his fill he asked, "What is the secret to your famous New York Spaghetti?"

Najjar shared her secret.  She said, "To cut the amount of acidity in the tomato paste, you must use grape jelly."

It was good food for a good cause.  Loaves and Fishes feeds more than 250 hungry people each day.  To keep the food flowing, the board's president, Doug Knapp, said the food kitchen is in real need of cash donations.

"That's the big thing...that's what we rely on mostly," Knapp said.

Along with the dinners, the staff cooked up dessert.   Like the spaghetti, they received rave reviews from the food critics.

"It's good and it's done right," Jones said.

And one bite at a time, the community helped the kitchen further its mission of serving up hot meals for the hungry.

To help Loaves and Fishes with a cash donation, you can call (228) 436-6172.

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