The Community Kitchen of Monroe County has been working to eliminate hunger for nearly three decades. Now with an ailing economy and a growing number of people seeking free nutritious meals, the 27 year old organization is beginning to expand its services.
Community Kitchen Executive Director Vicki Pierce believes that now is the time to begin the expansion. “The Community Kitchen really ran out of space quite some time ago and we conducted a feasibility study and then what type of space we needed and how much we needed, we found this location, purchased this building at 1515 South Rogers in January and now we’re kicking off our Public Capital Campaign to raise funds for the renovation so we can move in here next year.”
The 5,400 square foot space, which is set to open in late 2011, will provide a larger kitchen, food storage area and bigger dining room. A location that Pierce says is perfect for not just the unemployed but for those you might not expect.
“We’re seeing a lot more families which children. You know one day last week I looked in and at one point in the dining room there were 6 kids in there at one moment and I remember at times last summer we had 8 or 9 at one moment. So we’re seeing more and more families with children who just need an extra boost now and then to be able to make their ends meet.”