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Daily bread: Donated supplies and food sits in front of a set of the church’s monumental stain-glass windows. Repair work on the windows was   delayed by the flooding but is expected to resume shortly.

By Adam Thorp

Clarksville – The flood kitchen at Clarksville United Methodist Church provided succor for hundreds of volunteers throughout a unusually long and intense flood season.

They served an average of 85 meals a day — as many as 367 on their busiest day, and 4,537 meals total from March 15 to June 13, according to United Methodist Church Treasurer Barbara Meyer.

“We’re happy to do it,” Meyer said.

That work was borne on the back of a modest congregation: Meyer said the church had 20 people at their services Sunday before last, a number she emphasized was a “big turnout.”

The basic ingredients for the flood kitchen — the literal ingredients, donated food, and volunteer hours — were free. But that wasn’t the end of the story for the church.

“Utility bills — electric, water, phone. This was the only public bathroom. We provided a lot of different services here,” Meyer said.

Other costs included wear and tear on kitchen equpment and a canceled fish fry fundraiser planned for March.

On Friday, Meyer accepted a check for $500 toward the costs of operating the flood kitchen.

“When there is flooding like this, people will show up on the front end when the water’s coming up,” Andy Young, who initiated the gift from the Pike County Democratic Club. “That’s a wonderful thing. But they don’t realize that’s not all that needs done.”

The Church has received $3,000 in monetary donations so far, Meyer said.

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Pike County Democratic Club treasurer Herb Sisco and chairman of the Pike County Democratic Central Committee Donnie Stewart hand a $500 check to United Methodist Church treasurer Barbara Meyer to defray the costs of operating its flood kitchen. Clarksville Mayor Joanne Smiley stands to the right.

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