Together with community outreach and service organizations, Redmond’s Nourishing Networks has provided an abundance of nourishment for the Redmond community.
But in a recent network email, it was announced that the network was going on a hiatus.
“I call it the seasons of life” volunteer Sandee Palmquist explained. “There are times in your life when other things take precedent but we do call it a hiatus because at some point, we may be back together.”
Palmquist, who went back to work as a substitute teacher, said it was hard for her and other volunteers to gather for the monthly meetings and it only made sense to end the meetings, for now.
Although the network is on hiatus, their food box program will continue to serve the community. Open Kitchen, a partner of Nourishing Networks will continue to serve the Redmond community as well.
Open Kitchen is a ministry of Redmond United Methodist Church and provides free meals to attendees from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesdays at the church. The program is currently serving summer lunches.
The box program will also continue and according to Palmquist, the program has been successful, with nearly 50 families being served. The network will collect food and items for low-income or homeless families in Redmond, near the holiday season.
“Purposes are still served, even if we’re not all still meeting,” she said.