Thanks! from our Director

Dear Friends,

I’m so pleased to finally be able to tell you that we met and exceeded our $18,000 goal needed to replace the roof.  To date, $19,320.84 has been donated.  We have enough extra money to also fix the interior damage in our back kitchen.  Words cannot express my personal gratitude to each and every one of you who stepped up to my plea.  The most amazing thing about this is the money was there on paper in less than 1 month.  I just wanted to wait until all the promised donations came in before making this announcement.  Because of your generosity, I was able to withdraw the $15,000 capital grant I had requested from Hancock County Community Foundation and whatever money we might have been fortunate enough to receive can now be awarded to hep another non-profit.  The replacement has been scheduled for mid-September, one month before the cold weather deadline.  Blessings to all of you!  Love – Jill

2016 Strike Out Hunger Bowling Fundraiser

Many THANKS to all who turned out to support KBMSK at our bowling fundraiser on Aug. 28.

You can see a full list of sponsors, teams, and donors on the Strike Out Hunger Fundraiser page.

Cora’s Lemonade Stand

KBMSK was thrilled to find out that Cora Sitton had decided to donate the proceeds from her lemonade stand to the Soup Kitchen. You can view a Greenfield Daily Reporter news article about it here: http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/2016/07/28/soup_kitchen_seeks_18000_for_roof_repairs/ or see Fox 59’s coverage of the story here: http://fox59.com/2016/07/28/7-year-old-greenfield-girl-makes-big-donation-to-soup-kitchen/

Thanks, Cora!!

KBMSK Director Chosen as Torchbearer for the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay

Our own Jill Ebbert is one of 20 people in Hancock County selected to be a torchbearer during the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay this fall. 2200 Hoosiers will pass the torch along a 3200 mile route through each of Indiana’s 92 counties. The relay begins on September 9 in Corydon and culminates on October 15 with a celebration on the grounds of the Statehouse in Indianapolis. The relay will pass through Hancock County on Friday, October 14, from 3-7pm. There were 59 people nominated in Hancock County and 20 were chosen. The letter from the governor stated that “torchbearers are Hoosiers who demonstrate exceptional public service, excellence in their profession, acts of heroism or volunteer service to their neighborhood, community, region, or state.” Congratulations, Jill!


Rotary Club Award

The Rotary Club of Greenfield recently honored our own Executive Director, Jill Ebbert, with the 2016 John Long Memorial Vocational Service Award for her untiring dedication and love for those who need a free warm meal. CONGRATULATIONS! This is a very well deserved recognition.




Kenneth  Butler Memorial Soup Kitchen Operating Endowment Fund

In April, 2015, the Kenneth Butler Memorial Soup Kitchen Operating Endowment Fund was created under the administration of the Hancock County Community Foundation.  The endowment fund opens the door for an additional source of operating income – a “forever” fund to provide a perpetual stream of operating income.  This income can be utilized by our organization to help support day-to-day operations and services for generations to come.  In addition to cash gifts, an endowment fund benefits greatly from gifts made through wills, retirement plans, charitable annuities and trusts.

If you would like to make a contribution to the Kenneth Butler Memorial Soup Kitchen Endowment Fund, please contact Mary Gibble, President, Hancock County Community Foundation, 312 E. Main Street, Greenfield, IN 46140 (317) 462-8870.  Online gifts can be made at: giveHCgrowHC.org “Donate Online”.  Your generous gifts allow us to strengthen the long-term financial security of our organization as we focus on our mission to serve and create a brighter future for Hancock County.



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To Serve the Sheep of Jesus Christ regardless of their race, religion, gender, orientation, medical diagnosis, mental capacity or criminal history by providing their immediate need for nutritious meals.


Our vision is that Greenfield, Indiana will be a city on a hill where the world will see that a community can exist without hunger.

History KBMSK Memorial

The soup kitchen was inspired by the spirit of Kenneth Butler who was once a fire chief in Greenfield.  He was a man who dedicated his time to helping those in need through truck-stop ministries, prison ministries, and taking in homeless people. So, when a small group of dedicated people initiated the renovation and creation of the soup kitchen, they felt there was no better person to memorialize than Chief Butler.  Remodeling of the building began in December, 2008, and the kitchen opened its doors to the public on October 12, 2009.  All remodeling was done by volunteers and funded by the community.  The support  of our volunteers and the community continues to be amazing.

If you have questions or are interested in helping out, contact Jill Ebbert at the Soup Kitchen, 317-462-9900, or via e-mail at kbmskinc@myninestar.net.

KBMSK Board of Directors

Thomas “Skip” Harper, President
Roger Sitton, Vice-President
Jill Ebbert, Executive Director, Operations Committee, Contact Person
Ed Tschopp, Treasurer
Bob Benefiel, Secretary
Judy Crist
Jim Hahn
Patty Hall
Amy Mattingly
Jessica Pickett
Rose Reiser
Carol Reynolds
Chris Wade

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