PITTSBURG — The Lord’s Diner Site Director Matt O’Malley has helped with hunger relief at the Lord’s Diner since its inception — through the construction and renovation of the building, opening night and serving hot meals to the Pittsburg community.
On September 22 O’Malley will be saying goodbye to The Lord’s Diner and on September 25 he will begin his new job at Live Well Crawford County as the new grant coordinator and community liaison for the Healthy Communities Initiative Healthy Equity in Kansas grant.
In his new position he will look at health equity in Crawford County and help create a plan for grants.
Live Well Crawford County is a non-profit health and wellness organization which promotes healthy lifestyle choices through education, motivation, and support.
Live Well Crawford County Executive Director Brad Stroud said O'Malley will bring his experience and relationships to Live Well.
"He has written and coordinated grants in the past, and he has dealt in health equity issues every day in his position as Site Director at the Lord’s Diner," Stroud said in a release. "Health equity was an obvious passion of his in the interview process and we are excited to have Matt join the Live Well team. We think Matt will do great things for the Crawford County citizens and will be a valuable asset as Live Well continues to grow.”
O’Malley said serving those who have food insecurities has been both humbling and rewarding. He said he is blessed for never having to worry about where his next meal came from and what to pay for — food or medication — an issue of many of those he served at the diner.
“It has been very humbling experience, serving so many people in our community that are struggling with food insecurity,” he said. “Although it has been humbling, it has been very rewarding — to bless is to be blessed.”
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.