An Ottawa barbecue startup-turned-regional staple is teaming up with Mid-America Nutrition Program, Inc., to bring nutritious meals to homebound seniors.
According to a Mid-America press release, Smoked Creations, 222 E. Logan St., Ottawa, has agreed to donate 15 percent of its total food sales every Tuesday toward Mid-America’s services for seniors.
Smoked Creations owner Jeremy Clevenger is a former volunteer driver for Mid-America’s “Meals on Wheels” program, which delivers hot meals to homebound seniors in seven Kansas counties, including Franklin, where the organization is headquartered.
“Smoked Creations has been generous enough to offer to honor our program here at Mid-America Nutrition Program — aka Meals on Wheels — every Tuesday night,” Angie Logan, Mid-America executive director, said in an email. “We’d like to thank [Clevenger] publicly for his commitment to serving our community in more ways than one!”
Logan said the proceeds will likely be funneled into Mid-America’s “program management,” which will allow the organization to continue expanding to serve more seniors.
“We are performance-based program, so the more people we serve, the better,” she said.
Since 1981, Mid-America has been providing Meals on Wheels to seniors 60 years of age and “better,” according to its website. The organization also provides nutritionally-balanced meals at 25 “nutrition sites” in its seven-county area, the website said.
Smoked Creations was founded in 2010 by Clevenger and Chancy Reims. The owners housed restaurant operations at two different Ottawa locations before settling in their current North Ottawa building on Logan Street. The restaurant maintains a 4.7 out of 5 star rating on Google Reviews and has been described as “serving consistently delicious barbecue with friendly attentive service seven days a week,” by Ardie A, Davis, founder of the American Royal International Barbecue Sauce, Rub & Baste contest.