COMMUNITY KITCHEN INC
August 23, 2013
The Community Kitchen is not well known from a philanthropic standpoint and needs a lot more in the way of donations--food, supplies, crafts and games. I volunteer on Wednesday evenings which is family dinner. Parents and children are welcomed with open arms and no registration or referral required. A hot meal is served and volunteers do crafts and play games with the children. Donated books are available for them to take home. I see middle school and high school boys and girls sitting together playing board games after dinner, children making crafts and girls playing hool-a-hoop. The evening ends too quickly for most of the kids. The Community Kitchen also serves breakfast and lunch. They have been giving out school supplies and these children are thrilled to receive even the smallest treat. They are so grateful and never ask for anything that isn't already provided. Sometimes the cook has to put together a meal with very sparse resources. They are not currently receiving help from United Way but are trying to and need the help. The few paid staff members have a dedication that is remarkable but volunteers are always needed.
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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Try to offer more healthy but kid-friendly food and even a little something to take home such as a piece of fruit or bagged snack like cookies, crackers or fruit snacks. When we allowed them to take home the small cutie oranges you would have thought they were getting cash. Also, I'd like to see the food line open just a bit longer for seconds as long as there is food left and not have the abrupt "closing shop". The early birds often get a second helping and the slow eaters are cut off.
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