Community Kitchen

Hands on Work 

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Serve meals and assist with preparing meals for our diners. Involves chopping vegetables, washing dishes, serving the meal and other activities that are needed to get food to anyone who is hungry.  

Who can help: Teens, Adults, 55+, Groups


Conduct an Advocacy/ Awareness Campaign

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Educate the community on the issue of hunger in our community. Teach them about the challenges and provide possible solutions. 

Who can help: Anyone!


Run a Collection Drive

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Collect napkins, silverware, toilet paper, aluminum foil and other items that are necessary for the operation of Community Kitchen. These are items that cost us a lot during the year and are very important to providing meals to our diners.

Who can help: Anyone!


Contact Community Kitchen under the ‘Contact’ tab on the menu to your left to set up volunteer opportunities or service projects!

What is your organization’s mission statement?

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Our mission is to be a community organization where everyone is treated with dignity and respect, receives food, and feels comfortable asking for help.


 
What population do you serve? 

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Community Kitchen, Inc. serves fragile and economically disadvantaged persons in the central Columbus area; primarily in the near south side and near eastside of the city. We are the only soup kitchen in the Columbus area that intentionally targets families and children and attempts to provide a safe, welcoming environment for families.



How many do you serve in a year? 

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In 2013 we served over 94,000 meals.

What region or area do you provide services in?

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Community Kitchen serves any neighborhoods but mostly central, near east side and near south side of Columbus.


 
How and when did the organization get started? 
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Community Kitchen soup kitchen began in 1979 as an outreach and partnership with the business community and Holy Rosary St. John’s Church. In 1985, Community Kitchen became its own separate non-profit. We have operated at the current site since 1985.  In 2011 we expanded to a second site. Services have also expanded from a lunch meal six days a week to a full breakfast meal and a weekly family dinner. 



How many employees do you have? 

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We have 9 employees.



How many volunteers does your organization have?       (click the “Service Projects” tab to learn more about volunteer opportunities)

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We have over 500 volunteers in a year.

How do your programs or services help the community?

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Community Kitchen’s programs help to eliminate hunger in our community.


 
Program Descriptions 

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Meals Program: Full breakfast and lunch meal served six days a week at two separate geographic locations.

Summer Meal Program: Community Kitchen is an Ohio Department of Education site for food service for children. A hot, nutritious breakfast and lunch is served to children ages 1-18. We are one of only a few summer meal sites that encourages parents and caregivers to eat with their children.

Family Dinner: A weekly Family Dinner is offered to families with children. In addition to the meal, educational and fun activities are provided by staff and volunteers with a goal of assisting caregivers to positively interact with their children.           

Resources: Personal Care Packs (toiletry items) and bus passes for medical appointments are available on a limited basis. Staff and volunteers are also trained to assist clients with accessing other community resources such as food pantries, food stamps, disability services and health resources. Other local providers such as the Columbus Health Department, Nationwide Children’s and many others provide on-site resources.

Community Kitchen’s Wishlist:


  • Silverware (metal forks and spoons) 
  • Toilet paper 
  • Napkins 
  • Salt and pepper packets 
  • Coffee
  • Items for Personal Care Packs:
    • Shampoo
    • Toothpaste
    • Deodorant
    • Soap 

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Name: MJ Muldrow

Title: Director Of Operations

Organization: Community Kitchen

Email: mj@communitykitchenscolumbus.org

Work: (614) 252-6428

Address:
640 South Ohio Ave
Columbus, OH 43205