COURTESY PHOTO, Nana’s Southern Kitchen
Nana’s Southern Kitchen in Kent gave away 400 meals on Christmas Day, 2020.

COURTESY PHOTO, Nana’s Southern Kitchen Nana’s Southern Kitchen in Kent gave away 400 meals on Christmas Day, 2020.

Nana’s Southern Kitchen and Microsoft executives team up to give away 1,200 meals on Christmas Day

Kent and Covington locations will each give away 600 free meals to the public.

Nana’s Southern Kitchen restaurant has again partnered with several Microsoft employees and community members to hand out 1,200 free meals on Christmas Day at its two restaurants.

Nana’s Southern Kitchen has expanded their free Christmas meal program to include its newly opened Covington location, 27149 185th Ave. SE, and with the generosity of Microsoft executives and community members, Nana’s Southern Kitchen is providing 1,200 total meals, 600 each at its Kent and Covington restaurants.

Last year, Nana’s gave out 400 meals in Kent, 10234 SE 256th St.

Microsoft Executive Vice Presidents Judson Althoff and Amy Hood, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Dametra Johnson-Marletti and Microsoft Vice President Alex Cook led the donation efforts this year, giving more than 100 meals each.

A spokesperson for Nana’s Southern Kitchen said its staff is inspired by all of those who contributed whether it was one or 500 meals as they believe every meal makes a positive impact. Nana’s has also had countless volunteers step up to ensure this year’s success. Nana’s is beyond thankful to those who are giving time on Christmas Day.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Christmas Day, the public can come to Nana’s in Kent or Covington for one free main dish with two sides per person. Staff members are asking that everyone wear face masks and bring their patience as they work to serve 1,200 customers.

This is the second year that Nana’s will give free meals to anyone in need. The event continues the welcoming spirit of Nana’s namesake Myrtle Henderson. According to Nana’s owner Todd Minor, “My great grandmother, Nana, used her food to bring people together, teach life lessons and welcomed everyone.”

Nana’s Southern Kitchen started as the dream of the Minor family. Despite living on separate coasts, they eventually got everyone together to make it happen. Four generations of the Minor family now live in Kent to support and share their family recipes with the community.

Nana’s is named after Todd Minor’s great-grandmother Myrtle Henderson who was born in Goshen, Virginia, and later moved to New Haven, Connecticut. As a mother and grandmother, Myrtle, cooked and served family and friends the same foods you can enjoy today in the restaurant.

Nana’s Southern Kitchen serves Southern staples, from a fixed menu, including main dishes of fried chicken, catfish, fried shrimp, and pork chops with sides of potato salad, green beans, mustard or collard greens, cabbage, candied yams, and macaroni and cheese. The Kent location caters to takeout while the Covington restaurant offers ample seating for indoor dining.


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