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New Community Kitchen One of Largest in the Region

Finishing touches are being made to the new Community Kitchen before move-in day on Wednesday.

Five months after breaking ground, the new Community Kitchen is on schedule and ready to start serving dinner next week. The new facility is four times larger than the old one. That makes it one of the largest kitchens in the region. Executive director Vicki Pierce says as many as 100 people could come through the doors Monday when it opens.

“It allows us to be able to better serve folks we are serving and look at those potential or emerging needs in the future might be for the community that in our current location we just would never be able to address.”

Pierce says the kitchen still needs to raise about $300,000 to pay for the rest of the renovation work. The building on Rogers Street is the former Zucchini Print building. Part of the renovations included making it entirely energy efficient. Pierce says she expects that will save the kitchen each month on its energy bills.

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