Hodge helps homeless: Commissioner spearheads drive to fund New Hope Kitchen

By Pat Caldwell

The Enterprise

ONTARIO — A local kitchen that feeds the homeless will stay open until the end of the year, thanks to a funding drive spearheaded by Malheur County Commissioner Don Hodge.

Nyssa, Ontario, Vale and Malheur County will each donate $2,500 to the New Hope Kitchen in Ontario. New Hope Kitchen replaced Harvest House Missions, the nonprofit based in Ontario that served homeless and others in need. Harvest House closed down at the end of 2016 because of a lack of money.

“This is a one-time thing to at least help get them through the rest of year,” Hodge said.

Project DOVE, the Oregon Food Bank and Community In Action united early in the year to provide a facility money to replace Harvest House but could only continue the effort until the June 30. The new program, dubbed New Hope Kitchen, operates in the former . . .