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Bethel shelter looks for more volunteers to cook meals

February 18, 2018

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — A shelter in Bethel that serves people needing a warm place to spend the night is looking for more people to volunteer to cook meals.

The Bethel Winter House has provided hot meals for people in need every night since December, but it lacks volunteer cooks next month, KYUK-AM reported Thursday.

Winter House board member Sharon Chakuchin said the meals are usually for 18-20 people. The meals are cooked in the volunteer’s home and brought to the shelter at 9 p.m. that day.

“A lot of people bring a lot of different things. I’ve seen lasagna come in. Usually you can bring soup and a side dish,” Chakuchin said.

About 40 people have cooked so far this winter, including individuals, church groups and ROTC cadets, Chakuchin said.

The shelter requires volunteers until it closes for the season at the end of March.

People can sign up to cook on the Bethel Winter House website.

“Cooking for the Winter House is such a good way to be kind. There’s no reward for it; there’s no glory,” Chakuchin said.

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Information from: KYUK-AM, http://www.kyuk.org

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