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Kitchen on the Street Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Food, Food Banks & Pantries

Mission: Turning hunger into hope...one child at a time.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Roughly 1,500 children each weekend via Bags of Hope!

Geographic areas served: Arizona and San Antonio, TX

Programs: Bags of Hope are backpacks of food that provide a hungry child with meals and snacks on weekends. This program works in conjunction with school food programs to ensure that impoverished children have access to food 7 days a week.

Community Stories

35 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Kitchen on the Street does amazing work for students and families in the Valley. They strive to build stronger families and communities.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love everything KOS stands for and the difference they make in the lives of others. It is life changing when volunteering knowing the Bags of Hope you are putting together help feed little bellies that would otherwise go hungry. Amazing organization created by incredible human beings.

Venita B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering with this group. Their leadership invests wonderfully in volunteers. They always seem prepared when our group gets there and we always leave feeling like we have really helped out the kids in Phoenix. Thank you for all you do!

Amy B.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

KOS is compassionate about helping kids get the food they need. This is why I volunteer and promote this wonderful organization. Their passion truly shows and I love what they do to help the community.

Heather R.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Kitchen on the Street! They are an amazing heartfelt organization that does so much to ensure kids don't go hungry. I attended a volunteer event and it was such a great experience. The energy and efficiency during the event was super cool! One of the things I love most is how they are able to educate the community on the effects of hunger and how by providing nutrition, it makes a huge difference in not only the attitudes & health of the kids but also in test scores and academic results. They seem to stretch every dollar and they make it count! I will continue to spread the word about this great non-profit, it is full of incredible people!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with this organization for over 8 years now and have loved every moment. All of my friends and family are always looking to help in anyway they can. It is nice to help children in our communities, but even better to see how many people want to help when they hear the story of KOS.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with KOS for several years and have nothing but great things to say about the organization, I recommend them to everyone I know and often bring friends with me to the volunteer events. The care that Vince, Lisa and the entire KOS family show for the hungry children in the community is amazing. If you are ever able to help this organization in any way you will feel the same way I do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When kitchen on the street operated street cafe I worked there for awhile. It was very rewarding knowing I was helping earn funds to provide kids with meals. Vince and Lisa are great people and run a great organization. Wish there would have been something similar available when I was a kid in school.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Great organization that is making a difference in childhood hunger. Being that kid growing up has played a huge part in being able to give back now later in life.

Christine D.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a fantastic organization! Phoenix is so lucky to have them here. Great leadership, creative thinking on how to engage volunteers and serve their clients. These folks are deserving of your donations or your time.

RGrimaud

Board Member

Rating: 5

KOS just passed the 13 year mark in operation. The number of children and people helped by KOS is immeasurable. From the humble beginnings in the founders kitchen, helping a few children a week to an organization that helps 2000+ children a week has been no small feat. It has taken the tireless efforts of the founders, Vince and Lisa Scarpinato, to committed board members, thousands of volunteers and incredible corporate partners to accomplish it all. From my personal perspective, never have I ever been more fulfilled than while I volunteer at KOS helping people. Don’t take my word for it, dig a little deeper and check out KOS for yourself.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering and serving with this organization for a number of years and I can honestly say I've never worked with a organization whose has worked as hard and remained as focused as KOS has in fulfilling their mission of ending hunger one child at a time. Where other people would walk away when things get tough, Vince and Lisa just keep going sacrificing personal resources and countless hours to continue the mission. This unselfishness when witnessed by those who volunteer with KOS becomes infectious. People are truly and positively affected by KOS.

Alisa G.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lisa and Vince have created an impressive conduit that engages people and companies to help kids get the nutritious food they need so they can learn better and enjoy being a kid instead of struggling to find some kind, any kind, of nourishment! Big hearts, bigger impact!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lisa and Vince started Kitchen on the Street a program, "Bags of Hope" that provides nutritious meals to kids to help them get through the weekend... they wouldn't have that if it weren't for the kind and generous hearts of Lisa and Vince! I have had the honor and privilege to help at food packing projects, so grateful that they recognized the need of these kids AND were able to do something to help!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have used Kitchen on the Street for delicious catering for our Sr. Pastors Conference at Harvest Bible Church. The food was delicious and very reasonably priced! Lisa and her husband gave us great service. Thank you Kitchen on the Street, you guys are great!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kitchen on the Street is a great organization that helps out so many students. Vince and Lisa are two of the best!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was the first time I volunteered for this very worth-while event, and found it stimulating and upbeat. It supports our homeless, and children in our neighborhoods that are less fortunate than others. I feel very empathetic to feeding our less fortunate due to circumstances, and love the idea behind Kitchen on the Street. I will continue to volunteer for this Nonprofit in the future. Way to go Team!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work at UHC and we partner with Kitchen on the Street to pack bags of hope for kids. It is one if my favorite charity events we partner with. Kitchen on the street is absolutely fabulous.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've always struggled to find a volunteer group I felt comfortable with. My 1st time with Kitchen on the Street and the atmosphere immediately made me feel welcome. United towards a common goal, from working with the leaders to the other volunteers, I always feel a true sense of togetherness. I am thankful for the chance to help a great organization with a wholesome purpose.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kitchen on the Street is a wonderful non-profit....I always enjoy my self when I help pack Bags of Hope.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Kitchen on the Street not only fills a tremendous need by keeping the bellies of hungry children in the Valley full, but also provides phenomenal volunteer activities for our employees. Each time we conduct our "Pack the House" volunteer projects, they always fill very quickly and are extremely popular among our employees. Lisa and Vince are AMAZING!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Terrific nonprofit. We have partnered with them to provide lunches for teacher appreciation days, and a portion of our cost for lunch actually comes back to the school in form of hunger backpacks that go home with kids in need. The lunches are great, and your donation can come full circle!

Angela Blakeslee S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an amazing charity! We’ve used them multiple times for catering and it’s always win-win because we know we are supporting an amazing cause while receiving great food. Love love love what you are doing KOS!!! Keep up the great work!

Sara C.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Kitchen on the Street for many years. The number of lives they have touched through bags of hope is incredible. If you are looking for a wonderful way to give back I recommend volunteering here and seeing just how life changing these bags are.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been able to be a volunteer for Kitchen on the Street for many years now! Lisa and Vince are the most giving, focus driven people i have ever met. I love this organization and all they stand for!

Eloisa G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What this nonprofit does for kids is nothing short of incredible. Amazing people!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A most needed and helpful charity. : Turning hunger into hope...one child at a time.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Roughly 1,500 children each weekend via Bags of Hope

Programs: Bags of Hope are backpacks of food that provide a hungry child with meals and snacks on weekends. This program works in conjunction with school food programs to ensure that impoverished children have access to food 7 days a week.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with KOS for several years. Vince and Lisa, the founders, do everything they can to provide food for children that are food insecure. My family and I love working with them to end childhood hunger. No child should go hungry.

Donor

Rating: 5

Kitchen on the Street is an organization built on faith and love for others. Through Lisa and Vince’s vision children are able to bring home substanative food that they can eat throughout the weekend in their Bags of Hope, otherwise they may go hungry until they get back to school. Thank God for Angels like Kitchen on the Street!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this great organization for several years. They do such great work feeding children. Thank you for what you do

Vince S.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Kitchen on the Street has been the most impactful journey in our lives.... The opportunity that has been put in our path has provided us the understanding and realization that we are here to provide for and share with the least of these, and not ourselves. Turning hunger into hope is an amazing way to walk in faith.

Donor

Rating: 5

Vince and Lisa are the real deal, they are totally committed to their ministry. They are serious about helping the community to end hunger. Their hearts are for the children and I’m proud to support this genuine ministry.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently attended a 5 day conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. Lisa and her team at Kitchen on the Streets served us amazing meals every day, three times a day. Always with a FABulous smile and time to share with us. In that week Lisa and her team were able to create 26,000 meals for people in need - this is a truly amazing gift to give, and it is given with a lot of heart. If you ever have the opportunity to support or work with Kitchen on the Streets, please do.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love Kitchen on the Street! They make amazing quality food and serve with a smile. Their prices are phenomenal and what is even better is knowing that you are helping them feed kids need while they are feeding you. I highly recommend you work with them... hire them to cater your meals, help them cater meals, help them pack kids lunches... help them find more clients... just help them. They are amazing, good people, making delicious food and making a huge difference in the lives of local kids!

Alicia22

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have started learning more about and volunteering with Kitchen on the Street in San Antonio this year. I can honestly say I feel everyone I have spoken to is dedicated and really cares about feeding children. I also feel without a shadow of a doubt that all the money fundraised goes directly to supplies for the food bags for the kids. I think Kitchen on the Street is a trustworthy charity fully commited to its mission. I definently plan to continue to help and learn more!