"A place where there is a meal for the hungry, conversation for the lonely, and rest for those who are struggling, a voice for those in need."
On June 11th, 1996 a meeting was held to discuss the feasibility of a hot lunch program to be established to help the less fortunate of the Loveland community. The Community Kitchen opened on December 10th, 1996 serving a hot noon meal two days a week, later increasing five and then to seven. In 2010 we moved into a beautiful new building at 427 N. Garfield Ave. We partner with the Meals on Wheels agency who prepares our food. Our menus are written by Registered Dietitians and the food is prepared by trained chefs. With donations from local grocery stores, restaurants and bakeries we are able to keep our cost very low. Our meals are delicious and nutritious.
We recognize that our hours are not always conducive to those who are working and we want to do what we can to provide support them. We began providing To-Go-Bags in 2011 to our clients that include items to supplement their daily food needs. Also, in 2013, we added a Continental Breakfast program Mondays through Fridays and expanded that in 2016 to include Saturdays and Sundays. In April of 2017, we began serving an evening meal 1 day a week and increased to 2 days a week in 2018 and 3 days a week in 2019.
Due to COVID-19, we changed to serving one meal a day - an evening meal to continue to fill the gap for those who are not able to receive assistance during the day due to work or other obligations. In addition to the one meal, clients have the opportunity to take a sustainable food bag with up to 3 additional meals included. COVID-19 has brought a 78% increase of meals distributed as we have seen the numbers of people served grow and we expect that to continue to grow.
Rex came to visit us shortly after he lost his restaurant job due to closures from the pandemic in March 2019. He said he didn't know where to go as he was living paycheck to paycheck and suddenly without a job. He said he had a lot of things to figure out, but was thankful that food would not be one of them. What a surreal thing to realize that this man was the one bringing food to the community a week prior and now the community was providing him food.
One of our clients, Adam, commented that he can always depend on the Community Kitchen, "What a relief to know that no matter the day of the week or the weather, you guys are here for those of us who need it."
A Thank You from Cyndy:
To the wonderful, caring and cautious women servers, and the fellow lunchers at the Community Kitchen. I am so very grateful to all of you for your care and concern. You made me feel safe, cared for and like I wasn't alone with my problem. My heart is warm with love for all of you. May your names be written on the book of life forever. With Love, Cyndy