The MCH Kitchen Appeal Committee celebrated breaking ground for the kitchen expansion at the Methodist Conference Home, 39 Summer St., Monday, Aug. 8.

Meals for the Knox County Meals on Wheels program are prepared here five days a week. The expansion will increase the organization’s capacity to prepare hot, home-delivered meals for older adults and people with disabilities living independently in Knox County, as well as Methodist Conference Home residents. MCH Kitchen Appeal Committee members are Leslie Fillnow, chair, Susan Thomas, vice chair, Lois Stackpole-Alley, John Burstein, Sherrie Gibson, Peter Gross, Lee Karker, Dyke Messler, Marnie Read and Karen Cadbury, committee consultant.

Every morning, Meals on Wheels staff prepare hot, home-cooked meals in the small kitchen in the Methodist Conference Home. Last year, more than 30,000 meals were delivered. Community volunteers deliver meals to every part of Knox County. Another 4,700 meals were served at senior meal sites in Rockland and Camden. The program has grown significantly in recent years.

The new kitchen will modernize the existing kitchen, built in 1969. Construction for the expansion is due to be completed this winter. The Meals on Wheels program in Knox County is operated through a subcontract with Spectrum Generations. For more information, contact: ​Wes Todd at wtodd@mchinc.org, 596-6477, 46 Summer St., Rockland, ME 04841 or mchinc.org.