In addition to helping alleviate the hunger issues for those in chronic need, we are focused on assisting families and youth who fall in-between income guidelines for traditional public assistance, those who receive assistance through the public school system who face additional financial burden during school recesses, and those who face additional stress due to economic trends, such as rising cost of gasoline, fresh produce and dairy.
Our menu has no posted prices. Every guest is invited to donate what they feel they are able. For some, that could be the amount you would pay for the same meal in a traditional restaurant (our menu would compare to a $7-$10 diner meal), or more; others can offer a portion of that, maybe only $2 or $3; and those with nothing at all.
For those who feel they have nothing to give, we are always willing to find a place for you to use your time or talent to benefit our mission. Dining room servers, food preparation, clean-up and set-up crew, dishwashers and special event volunteers are always needed; you can volunteer once a week, once a month or once a year! For those who aren't able to work in a restaurant environment, there are many opportunities around the community who can use an extra set of hands.
At the end of a meal, each guest (or group) is presented with an order slip and an explination of the donation concept; every guest can then fill out volunteer information, donation amount or both. Because our goal is for every guest to feel equal and welcome, regardless of circumstances, our staff doesn't take the check from you. Instead, you are asked to complete the bottom portion of the check and leave it in our donation box as you leave our dining room. Because everyone is asked to fill out some portion, and every guest is asked to leave their guest check (it's how we track our inventory and the number of visitors) no one else knows who is leaving donations and who is not; one final piece to our goal building an environment of dignity.
When people from a mix of backgrounds are brought together for a united purpose, a foundation is laid for building friendships, professional networks, and social awareness.
As a Community Kitchen grows and develops, so does the community. Volunteer involvement, economic advancement,& educational opportunities are among the benefits to the members of an area that support a Community Kitchen.