RCS Community Kitchen

Like most towns and cities, New Bern has a community of people who for a variety of reasons are homeless. We are fortunate to have a wonderful not-for-profit Religious Community Services (RCS) that provides temporary housing for some of the homeless in our community. In addition, RCS also runs a food bank and the Community Kitchen provides free hot lunches everyday, including holidays.

Contact Bette Morris at the next club meeting to sign up for an upcoming shift.  Below are some photos of our members volunteering on a recent Friday morning. at RCS.

“RCS provides an important and essential service for our community and to our fellow neighbors in need,” said Brant Bills, who heads up New Bern Breakfast Rotary. The donation approved by the club’s board comes days before RCS is to celebrate its 40th anniversary at the nonprofit’s headquarters at 919 George Street in New Bern.

The donation is the Breakfast Rotary’s second largest of the year, behind the funding its signature program, Kicks-For-Kids which provides hundreds of local primary and middle school students with new shoes every year.

“We are honored  to accept this donation from the New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club on behalf of all of our dedicated volunteers, staff and the community we serve,” said Zeb Hough, RCS’s executive director who is also a member of the Breakfast Rotary Club.

RCS a faith-based organization founded in 1982 that supports the community through a variety of programs including its Community Kitchen, The Clothing Closet and a temporary shelter. For more information on RCS, visit  rcsnewbern.com.

The Breakfast Rotary Club has been a longtime supporter of RCS. In addition to financial support, volunteers from the club cook lunch in the RCS Community Kitchen 1 – 2 Friday mornings each month. “The New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club is able to support local nonprofits like RCS and other community projects thanks in large part to proceeds raised at the annual B/S/H/ Oktoberfest,” said Bills, which takes place each September in Union Point Park in New Bern.

The New Bern Breakfast Rotary meets every Thursday at 7:30 a.m., at the DoubleTree Hotel at 100 Front Street, New Bern. Visitors are always welcome. Meetings include breakfast and a featured speaker.  Other  endeavors of the club include providing scholarships for local students, advancing area nonprofits, holding free document shredding events and volunteering for a highway beautification project.