Inventory of Kitchen Spaces: We are reaching out to and learning about underutilized kitchens at schools, faith organizations, community and senior centers, and other institutions that could be made available for classes, community cooking/preserving groups and events, or microenterprise.
Resource Guide: We're compiling resources on the regulations and best practices that anyone needs to know to use kitchens for community food events or microenterprise, and making the information as user-friendly as possible.
Collective Cooking Groups: These groups are a way of stretching food dollars, strengthening community ties and fostering resource and skill sharing. We are modeling our efforts off of established successful cooking group networks in Seattle (http://www.communitykitchensnw.org/) and Vancouver, B.C. (http://www.communitykitchens.ca/) A typical group will meet once a month or once a week, divide into recipe teams to cook large quantities of each recipe, share a meal together, and then take home portions of each recipe to freeze. Read more about Cooking Groups, our 2012 pilot groups, and how you can help
Needs Assessment : How can community kitchens address hunger and food insecurity? What groups would be interested in using the spaces, and what are their priorities and needs? We’re reaching out to partners to learn about how our effort can best connect kitchen resources with community need.
Pilot Community Kitchens / Kitchen Organizers: A few kitchen partners are jumping in by recruiting volunteers, discussing what their kitchen could be used for, the resources that already exist, and the needs and barriers to overcome, and beginning to host activities or organize projects. Are you interested in helping organize around community kitchen ideas in your faith community, neighborhood, or organization? Here are some ideas for how to get started.