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 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. 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. Throughout the pandemic, we continued to serve meals 7 days a week, whether that was in our dining room or to-go bags distributed from a trailer in our parking lot.
Over the past three years, the need for food has increased, and was compounded further by the ending of the federal allotment of emergency SNAP benefits in March of 2023. The Kitchen's food costs increased significantly as well.
Today, the Kitchen serves breakfast Monday - Friday and evening service Monday - Sunday. Guests are also offered “sustainable food bags” which are supplemental meals they can take with them. This provides flexibility for those who work and need a lunch they next day, or for those with limited transportation or mobility in that they can take multiple meals and not have to pay for gas or a bus ticket to come back the next day.
On October 31, 2023, the Kitchen will have held its 2,500th consecutive meal service!