Mennonite Feeding Station, a piece of MCC history for your home

A memorable, meaningful and unique Christmas gift!

Grab a piece of MCC history to use in a modern day Mennonite feeding station - your home! Get one for yourself and order more for family and friends. Hang it on the wall in your kitchen or dining room, display it on a shelf or use it as a serving tray! Remember the kitchen at your church, too. 

Each tray was uniquely handcrafted by an artisan in Siberia using Siberian hardwood. The wood and printed insert are not sealed for water or food use, please do so before using it as a tray to avoid damage. Supplies are limited and when they are gone, they will be gone for good.

The piece is 16" in diameter and 2" deep. Suggested donation is $150 per tray and we will ship it to you in time for Christmas! What a unique gift to give as we celebrate MCC turning 100!

Fill in the form and send your check to MCC Central States ("Feeding Station" in the memo line) PO Box 235 North Newton, KS 67117 and we'll ship your tray! 

 

What is a Mennonite Feeding Station?

Mennonite Feeding Stations were opened in Europe following the second World War. This piece is a reproduction of the actual Mennonite Feeding Station sign that was designed in 1939 by Ernest Bennet and made in 1945. It hung outside at an MCC feeding station in Kaiserslautern, Germany in the American zone. The original wooden and hand painted sign was donated by Norma Jost Voth in 1950 to the Kaufman Museum in North Newton, Kansas and is pictured below.

When the feeding program in Kaiserslautern began, the focus was on providing bread to children. Later MCC added a home for the temporary care of undernourished children from Berlin and in 1949 a neighborhood center.

Soup being served at a school in Germany, 1947–48 as part of MCC relief efforts at the end of the Second World War. MCC participated in a joint child-feeding program that reached 72,000 children in eight cities in south-eastern Germany.
(MCC photo/Heinz Wagener)

MCC was formed when representatives of various Mennonite and Mennonite Brethren groups met in July 1920 in Elkhart, Indiana, and pledged to aid hungry people, including Mennonites in southern Russia (present-day Ukraine). The first feeding operations began March 16, 1922, at Khortitsa. MCC sent a shipment of 25 tractors and plows to southern Russia in June 1922.