BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – She was a personal cook for professional athletes like Shaquille O’Neal and Chris Paul. Now, Ora Frink is using her skills to feed hundreds in Southeast Bakersfield. Frink has followed her passion for cooking since childhood.
“When I was 8 years old, I made my first roast with carrots and potatoes,” said Frink. “And I just made it out of my instinct and what I saw of my mother. And when she said it had good taste, I knew I was on the right track. “
She says her mother inspired her to use that passion for the common good.
“If she saw you on the street and you were hungry, she would go into the house and cook for her,” said Frink.
A few years later, Frink helped found the MLK Community Initiative, which is dedicated to improving economic conditions in East Bakersfield. In 2020, the organization served one million pounds of food to those in need.
“The homelessness here in Bakersfield is very intense,” said Frink. “You have no place to prepare meals and then some seniors have no way of getting out and shopping and preparing meals for themselves.”
Through this initiative, Frink makes nearly a thousand hot meals a month that are given to the homeless, the elderly, veterans and struggling families.
“She is such a beautiful soul. just a wonderful, giving, caring person, ”said Charlene Hill, a volunteer. “She really likes what she does, she really cares. She really likes giving back to her community and people. “
Many volunteers have been working with her for over a year. They say that not only does she feed the crowds, but she also cooks them delicious meals.
“She does magic with it and makes a delicious dish,” said Holly Gerstung, a volunteer. “So it is a reward for us volunteers if we distribute this, we know how – this is good, this is done with love. This is a heartfelt hot meal that touches the soul, not just your stomach. “
The MLK Community Initiative will be holding a hot meal giveaway on March 24th at 1624 Virginia Avenue.