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In My Fathers Kitchen

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Causes: Protestant, Religion

Mission: The mission of In My Father’s Kitchen is to feed people spirit, soul and body by using food to open the door to people’s hearts. The purpose of In My Father’s Kitchen is rooted in the teachings and example of Jesus Christ. In My Father’s Kitchen feeds the hungry naturally and spiritually through food distribution and supplying basic necessities.

Target demographics: The homeless under the bridges and the Refugee community

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over the last 7 years we have assisted 87 homeless individuals off the streets and into thier own apartments.We have served 1000's of lunches under the bridges and continue to do 4 out reaches in the park to the Refugee community. Giving away clothes, furniture and housewares.

Geographic areas served: Syracuse NY

Programs: We provide food, clothing and assistance by bringing value and establishing trust to all those who feel Invisible. We are advocates for the homeless and Refugee by becoming a voice for our friends.

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37 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

During the last few years, In My Father's Kitchen has been meeting the physical and spiritual needs of many disadvantaged people in the Syracuse area and beyond. The message of hope begins with a sandwich and bottle of water and continues with the words, "You are not invisible. God sees you!" The members of IMFK strive to meet and assist homeless men and women of Central New York. Another area of outreach is to the growing refugee community in the Syracuse area. It doesn't stop there, there are many other people who have been changed for the better due to IMFK. I am one of those people that have been positively impacted in my time with In My Father's Kitchen. I have known the founders for many years through church. In the last two years, I have been blessed to come alongside this ministry. I have worked at multiple outreach events where free clothing, toys, bikes and food were given to those that attended. Many that attended the events are living in Syracuse but are originally from countries far away. It has been very rewarding to meet new people from across the world. My favorite attendees are the children. Often times, there will be a donated bike raffle. So all of the nearby children come and sign up for a chance to win their very own bike while the older members of their families pick out clothing and shoes to bring home. Meanwhile, the children are so excited and hopeful. Many have never received a gift or prize as special as a brand new bike. They come and help each other fill out their raffle tickets for the drawing. Some speak English very well, some do not, yet, they assist each other and make it work. Once each child has been entered into the drawing, and the waiting is over, the drawing takes place. A name will be called and everyone cheers for the little boy or little girl that receives a brand new bicycle. It's beautiful to see their faces! They are shocked and so thrilled to have won. Finally, they get a picture taken with their newest prized possession and then they ride home. More than receiving a bike, these kids are receiving a special message that Jesus sees and loves them! I am so glad to be a part of the volunteers that aide IMFK. I am happy to say that my 10 year old daughter is also a part of the volunteer team. I love teaching her to be a giver of not only money and things but also of her time. She loves it! I'm so thankful for the opportunity to serve the community together. We are blessed to be missionaries in our own city, thanks to the leadership of In My Father's Kitchen. I recommend that more families get involved. Elderly, retirees, single moms, single dads, young couples, teens and children all have a place in giving to and serving others. Giving hope and help to others makes our own challenges seem not so big after all. And if you are unable to be there in person, definitely make a donation of money, clothing or other useful items. You will be blessed and so will many others.

Comments ( 1 )

You are not Invisible Love you Shanna and family!

Alexis E.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for IMFK for the first time this weekend during their winter giveaway. To say this organization is incredible is an understatement. John & Leigh-Ann have the most pure hearts and our community would not be the same without them or In My Father's Kitchen.

Kevin66

Donor

Rating: 5

John and Leigh Anne have become the leading example of true compassion in Syracuse. Their innovative thinking and intentionally personalised recognition of their "friends" sets the bar for all other social assistance programs anywhere.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Having had the privilege of being a donor to this organization I have to say that their integrity is only one reason for their success. They do everything they do with excellence in the love of Jesus
Christ. They honor everyone as equals no matter what walk of life someone is at when they meet. If more people were like those who pioneered this work we wouldn't need social services with our government.

1 Sharon204

Donor

Rating: 5

IMFK is a Spiritually guided charity of wonderful people, led by John and Leigh Ann Tumino. Everyone continues to be impressed by their work to help the homeless here in Onondaga County, and because of their organization, there are fewer on the streets here than ever before.
I have stopped to talk with some of them myself, and to date, I have learned that every one of them knows what/who IMFK is, as they are fed and cared for by this selfless organization. They actually see that someone cares, things are NOT hopeless, and that if they accept the help with guidance from the Lord, they will be all right.
Thank you and God bless you both, John and Leigh Ann Tumino and and your entire organization at In My Father's Kitchen for your compassion and for what you do in the name of the Lord. Sharon H. Cicero, NY

1 Melissa330

Volunteer

Rating: 5

John and Leigh-Ann Tumino operate this organization with love and integrity. I have been incredibly blessed to get to know them and join them over the last year. This is only the beginning! There is much more to come as they lead this city into loving all people from all walks of life!

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Donor

Rating: 5

There are a lot of charities out there that claim they are bettering mankind. In My Father's Kitchen is an loving testimony of that. John and his wife faithfully show God's unconditional love to people who so desperately need it! They show the homeless they are not invisible by consistently being there to not only feed and clothe, but also connecting them with agencies to assist in getting them off the street and into housing. They also provide food and clothing for refugees that come here. There's so much more they do!! "Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends." My family is honored to support this organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have watched IMFK save lives. The addicted with no hope now living a life that includes belief in a future. IMFK does this on a shoestring budget, unwavering belief in god, and unlimited patience. This is the most amazing organization I have ever encountered.

6 Tony A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

If I had to sum up what In My Father's Kitchen does it would be "love people". Imfk takes giving of ones self to the ultimate level. Whether it's serving a sandwich to the person holding a sign, or visiting a "friend" under a bridge just to say hello, Imfk puts their heart and soul into every encounter. I was homeless ten years ago and I know the value of a smile and being recognized for who you are instead of what you look like. Imfk shows that kind of love everyday.

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You are not Invisible 10/11/2016

Thank you Tony for all your support John & Leigh Ann

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Donor

Rating: 5

In My Father's Kitchen is such an amazing nonprofit organization that is actually making a huge difference and changing lives! Supporting this organization has been wonderful because I know the items I've donated are truly being a blessing a being enjoyed by someone who needed them way more than I ever did. Thank you for helping me be a blessing to others In My Father's Kitchen!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

John Tumino and In My Father's Kitchen is the reason why my Dad is alive, and sober, today. John helped my father get medical attention and treatment. The work he does keeps my father busy by giving back. Thanks to In My Fathers Kitchen, I reconnected with my dad and he finally met his granddaughter. We're beyond blessed. I couldn't be more thankful this organization exists and helps those like my father.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of In My Father's Kitchen for a few years as a volunteer and a bit financially. The clothing and food give aways that they hold are incredibly well received and helpful to the many recipients. Countless hours are put forth to prepare for these events.
The work that IMFK does for our homeless sisters and brothers is done with a deep and abiding love for each of them, individually. They offer the loving hand of our Lord to our homeless friends...and it shows by how many they have been able to bring inside.
The pasta sauce they jar and sell as a fund raiser is the best sauce I have ever had. What a wonderful way to raise money for such a noble cause.
There is no other organization I would rather donate my time, talent and treasure to than In My Father's Kitchen.

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Donor

Rating: 5

When a person thinks of a charity or non-profit, they often wonder how much actually goes to the people the charity is there to serve. In My Father's Kitchen is that charity you wish all charities would be. John and his wife Leighann have dedicated themselves fully to this cause. They are the true meaning of Christians, ministering selflessly to those who have fallen onto extremely tough times. They don't just minister, clothe folks and deliver restaurant quality meals to the homeless and downtrodden, they befriend them and make them whole again. They let them know everyday and in every way, they truly are not invisible. I have met some of those they have helped and the transformation is absolutely amazing. John and Leighann are the meaning of love.

3 Sheila74

Donor

Rating: 5

I met John and Leigh Ann while working for a company's fundraising program. I was so impressed by their story and how they decided to help people on the streets "come inside ". Not only that but John used his cooking skills to bottle sauce to sell to help his cause. Now families all across central New York can "eat with a purpose". Blessing to them and to all that need their help.

3 Randi W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This group of individuals are working with the intention to serve people. Selfless is what comes to mind as they invest in the people that could easily be considered invisible. They seek THE LOST! Each day is considered THE DAY to bring home a FRIEND! GREAT WORK!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I only support sincere efforts in non profits where sleeves are rolled up & boots are on the streets. I don't like top heavy charities as too little goes to the cause.
IMFK, John Tumino & his team are angels among us who are helping the helpless. It's a bonus that I get to buy his amazing sauce by the case on Fridays. That's when I give him a hug & walk away with gifts to share with others. (I'm a good snob who cooks her own sauce generally)
When we only have time & energy for part of a meal like homemade calzones ~ here's the perfect compliment.

1 Karen439

Advisor

Rating: 5

Great organization that helps restore people! They help build rebuild their lives!

1 Karen438

Donor

Rating: 5

IMFK is an amazing ministry, and the hearts behind it are love, and compassion for people. John and Leigh Ann take the brokenhearted and give them more than just food and clothes. They give them vision, purpose, hope, and most importantly, friendship.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I have assisted IMFK BY donating and in helping find housing for the homeless . John and Leigh Anne truly care and believe in what they are doing. They are truly gifted vessels doing Gods work

3 Rick73

Donor

Rating: 5

IMFK is a Godsend for Syracuse NY. John Tumino, his wife and daughter have a heart of passion to make a positive impact helping the homeless find hope, purpose and regain their dignity again.

2 Mike193

Donor

Rating: 5

IMFK has been such a blessing to the homeless and people in need. Our family continues to support their outreach to our community. My wife has donated many times with good clothes for the homeless , John and his wife truly love ❤️ the homeless and those in need in our community. The people they helped get off the streets is amazing proof of their success,

4 Linda445

Donor

Rating: 5

The heart feels what the eyes see. When the eyes see hate the heart is angry. When the eyes see sadness, the heart is tired. When the eyes see hope, the heart feels joy. Hope is what IMFK gives to those who no longer see hope possible. Love to those who no longer believe worthy, food to those who no longer have to means to eat, four walls that replace a tent, a light at the end of a dark tunnel and the will to live again. Give back, in prayer, in time, in goods, talent or monetary donations. There is nothing more rewarding than bring hope back to a person who has lost it along the way.