At Community Kitchen our mission is to work, alone and in collaboration with others, to eliminate hunger in Monroe County and surrounding areas through direct service, education and advocacy.
Our philosophy states that Community Kitchen provides free nutritious meals, nutrition education, referrals to other agencies, and a clean, comfortable social environment for patrons, staff and volunteers. Through daily operations and educational outreach, Community Kitchen works to educate the public about the extent of hunger in Monroe County, explain probable causes of hunger, and provide ways to respond to hunger needs. The agency’s ultimate goal is for individuals to achieve regular access to an adequate diet through normal means. A soup kitchen is not considered “normal” means, but rather a “safety net” for people who have not yet achieved food security on their own.
Services offered by Community Kitchen of Monroe County are available to everyone. There are no eligibility requirements. However, as the agency seeks to expand its services, it will target certain populations including the low-income working class, the underemployed or unemployed, individuals with disabilities, homeless individuals, pregnant or nursing mothers, and at-risk children. The dignity and worth of all patrons will be respected at Community Kitchen and an ongoing effort to protect their anonymity will be observed.
Community Kitchen was founded in 1983. Read our history here.
To find out more about our programs, visit our Programs page.
Community Kitchen Board of Directors
Elizabeth Gentry, President
Emily Phelps, Vice President
Jim Becker, Secretary
Jeff Watson, Treasurer
Kyla Cox Deckard
|Community Kitchen of Monroe County is tax exempt under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to the agency are tax deductible as allowed by law.|
Contact Our Staff
Debbie Hopson, Volunteer Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vicki Pierce, Executive Director: email@example.com
Tim Clougher, Assistant Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marty Schick, Fundraising Assistant: email@example.com
Jason Cook, Operations Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
Garrett McKelvey, Facilities Manager
Amy Dyken, Bookkeeper: email@example.com
Hannah Watt, Referral Specialist: firstname.lastname@example.org
Adam Sommer, Kitchen Supervisor: email@example.com
Tyler Damon, Ashley Mann, E Garrett, Alex Mann, Heather Craig, Ben Myers, Caitlin Conley and Hugh Farrell Kitchen Staff