Royals Pitcher Ian Kennedy Serves up Barbecue to City Union Mission Guests

Elizabeth Orosco
Northeast News

The Kansas City Royals teamed up with City Union Mission to serve over 250 meals to hungry families Tuesday. Royals pitcher Ian Kennedy shook hands, laughed, and handed out plates heaping with barbecue to guests as they piled into the second floor of the Men’s Center.

For thirteen years, the Royals Charities have been reaching out to the City Union to help feed the community every year around Thanksgiving.

Dennis Chapman, Chief Development Officer at City Union Mission, who has served at the Mission for seventeen years, said he is grateful every year for the generosity of the Royals Charities as well as the city itself.

“Kansas City is a very generous community,” he said. “They have always reached out and taken care of the needs of the poor and homeless, and we have probably 78-percent of all of the homeless base in Kansas City right here at City Union Mission.”

Over the last few years, the event has grown substantially. Chapman said the guests at the Men’s Center love to engage with the Royals players who come and serve, a lot of them reminiscing on the 1985 Championship season.

“The men also on the street know that this is an annualized event,” Chapman added, “and it always helps that there is a player that comes every year. Ian Kennedy also serves with his family once a month at the family shelter, so it’s been good have him here.”

Kennedy himself said helping out at the City Union Mission in the offseason has become part of his routine for his whole family.

“It’s our family routine,” said Kennedy. “We have a lot of fun, know a lot of the cooks, and it’s kind of our family away from family.”

Kennedy said he truly supports the vision of the City Union Mission and encourages everyone to get involved, in any way they can.

“It’s such a great organization,” he said. “It’s not just serving people food, but they’re feeding their souls, too. I encourage a lot of people to look into it, and to go out and help and serve, whether you have funds to donate or not, you can come and serve some people. They need volunteers whenever they can.”

As a player, he said he wants to do whatever he can to make a difference in the lives of those in the community.
“We have such a platform as a baseball player,” he added. “If I can come here and use that platform and brighten someone’s day by just me being me and talking to them, that’s what I’m here to do.

Want Northeast News articles sent straight to your inbox each week? Subscribe below!
Enter your email address and click on the Get Instant Access button.
We respect your privacy

Comments are closed.

  • BOE postpones consideration of property tax cap proposal

    21 hours ago

    The Board of Equalization has postponed the consideration of a proposal that would cap the increase in property tax increases at Thursday’s BOE meeting.

    Arrests made on Bellaire Avenue early Thursday morning

    July 18th, 2019

    Michael Bushnell Northeast News KCPD Officers responded to the 100 block of Bellaire this morning on a sound of shots […]

    Indian Mound Neighborhood Association gets new leadership

    July 17th, 2019

    New leadership joins the Indian Mound Neighborhood Association board in Northeast Kansas City.

    Project ElderCool is helping seniors beat the heat

    July 17th, 2019

    Northeast News The heat of the summer is here, and with that comes dangerous conditions for those living without functional […]

    Local soccer club unifies a community

    July 17th, 2019

    Elizabeth Orosco Northeast News Nearly two decades ago, one soccer ball helped unite an entire community. Victor Daniel Muñiz is […]

  • Stage one of the KC Museum complete, opening late 2020

    July 17th, 2019

    Elizabeth Orosco Northeast News Stage one of the $22 million Kansas City Museum renovation is officially complete. The architectural construction […]

    J. Rieger & Co. unveils new destination experience in historic Electric Park

    July 17th, 2019

                Elizabeth Orosco Northeast News Exactly one hundred years after J. Rieger & Co. was […]

    KC man arrested in Northeast faces murder charges

    July 11th, 2019

    A 40-year-old Kansas City man faces three counts of felony in connection with the shooting of 21-year-old Travon Deshaun Jones.

    Lykins Eco Abet Charrette

    July 11th, 2019

    Northeast News         Want Northeast News articles sent straight to your inbox each week? Subscribe below!Enter your […]

    City celebrates Kansas City Museum restoration

    July 11th, 2019

    Stage one of the Kansas City Museum renovation is officially complete.

  • What’s Happening

    Amarillo by morning!

    Michael Bushnell Northeast News Westward Ho! We’re pressing on to Amarillo, Texas on America’s Main Street for a taste of […]

    Faces Of Northeast: Officer Greg Smith

    Officer Greg Smith is the Community Interaction Officer for Kansas City Police Department’s East Patrol Division. Frequently seen in the […]

    CID: Corridor Beautification

    Want Northeast News articles sent straight to your inbox each week? Subscribe below!Enter your email address and click on the […]

  • Want articles sent directly to your inbox each week? Subscribe below!
    We respect your privacy and will not distribute your information.