This is the first Thanksgiving Bloomington’s Community Kitchen will spend in its new facility. The volunteer run agency moved to the new location in July.
Community Kitchen in previous years received stimulus money for food purchases. Those funds have dwindled, and Executive Director Vicki Pierce says shelves are beginning to look bare.
“We’ve been really working for the last couple of weeks to get things ready for the holidays Thanksgiving obviously first and foremost and then Christmas following not too far behind,” she says. “The community has been very generous about a week ago we were looking like we weren’t going to have enough turkeys and we posted some things on Facebook and sent out some information and got all of the turkeys we needed really within about 18-24 hours.”
The Community Kitchen has an annual budget of about 450-thousand-dollars, but Pierce says that is not enough to meet the growing need. As a result, the agency has become reliant on the community for food and financial donations. Volunteer Jim Haverstock says if it were not for volunteers, Community Kitchen would not exist.
“Volunteering and serving is not just a Thanksgiving or a holiday engagement, it really is something that should come from the heart we should all get involved and we should do it all the time,” he says.
The organization feeds about 1,000 people per week.