Community Helping Community
ACCP was founded in 2013 by President & CEO Kentrell Minton. The organization was established in honor of the work of the late Alderwoman Almeta Crayton of Columbia, Missouri who passed away in October of that year. As a community leader she established (16 years ago), two community wide events with the purpose of bringing Columbians together to participate and share in what she established as a “community table for fellowship, caring, and serving those in need”.
The first event held in November each year on Thanksgiving Day is known as “Everybody Eats”. It is a time of abundance and a time for family gathering and home celebrations. Ms. Almeta collected donations of food and turkeys and through volunteers distributed hundreds of thanksgiving baskets to those who did not have the means to experience the abundance affiliated with this festive holiday. She also saw to it those in shelters or with disabilities received a hot thanksgiving meal with all the fixings on that day.
The second event held in January each year on Martin Luther King’s Birthday became known as “The Poor Man’s
Breakfast." Ms. Almeta wanted ordinary citizens who could not attend some of the expensive community
commemorations to have a time and means to join together with leaders in the community to unite and break bread together and remember the legacy of Dr. King.
The ACCP Board of Directors was formed to continue these two community events as well as her smaller community projects which focus on youth and families in crises particularly during times such as Christmas, Mother’s & Father’s Day, Back to School, and Summer Break time periods.
Ms. Almeta lived to serve and she was loved and revered as a community mother. She viewed the
community as her family and this organization as well as its leadership are dedicated to continuing her legacy and her incomparable work in community service and social justice.