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Midwest City church offers king cake fundraiser

Douglas Boulevard United Methodist Church in Midwest City is again offering its king cake fundraiser to raise money for the church's Mobile Meals ministry.
From Staff Reports Published: January 11, 2014

— King cakes are traditionally eaten during the season from Epiphany through Fat Tuesday.

The cakes are particularly popular in New Orleans, where Jenifer Cameron was born.

Cameron, who now lives in Midwest City, is making traditional king cakes to help support her church, Douglas Boulevard United Methodist Church, and its Mobile Meals programs. Church leaders said funds raised through the king cake sales help with the 645 meals prepared and delivered each month through their Mobile Meals. The ministry also provides 249 meals for shut-ins, with a supplementsl Saturday pack of nutritious food.

The church also feeds about 90 senior adults through its senior nutrition program, Cameron said.

An additional 460 people each month are fed through the Free Friday meal served at the church, 208 S Douglas Blvd., she said. The Free Friday program provides a hot meal to anyone at no cost.

“Many of our volunteers are seniors or disabled themselves, and feel a personal satisfaction by serving others in the community,” Cameron said.

The church's pastor, the Rev. Jeannie Himes, said king cakes are a type of bread associated with the festival of Epiphany and the pre-Lenten celebration of Mardi Gras.

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