Nutrition center serves up more than food

Angie Cole is in this kitchen bright and early, every morning.

If you thought preparing a meal for yourself is hard, imagine preparing close to 800 meals a day.

That's the reality for the Hannibal Nutrition Center.

The center sends meals out into the community as well as hosts people at their facility.

Angie Cole is the Kitchen Manager, and is in the kitchen bright and early, every morning.

For the past 17 years, Angie has been preparing meals for those in need.

She says she can't imagine doing anything else.

"I love my job, I like being here, I like the people I work with, and the people I meet," said Cole.

The Hannibal Nutrition Center started out small.

20 years ago, they were only preparing around 60 meals a day.

In present day, they're preparing around 800.

"We work every day to be sure that, even no matter who you are and what stage of your life you're in, that you can have a warm, hot, nutritious meal that's delicious. Everybody deserves that," said Executive Director Debbie Catlett.

"It feels good that we're checking up on people and knowing that they're okay and stuff, and if they're not okay we can get them that help because a lot of people, they depend on us, we're the only people checking up on them," Cole said.

To prepare around a quarter of a million meals a year, takes dedication, and passion.

Mix those two things together, and your result will be a group of people, touching the community, through more than just food.

"It is a beautiful place, and I think you can feel, it has a heart and soul of it's own here, for what we do," said Catlett.

The center plans to hold a fundraiser in September to raise funds for the organization.

If you have any interest in volunteering with the center, or for more information on the September fundraiser, you can call Debbie Catlett, at 573-221-4488.