In the early summer, we received an urgent request to start providing food for an extra 3 meal distributions at the Hub. Our friends at Community Kitchen had already gone above and beyond, steadily increasing the number of meals they make weekly for the past year. We contacted them to see if they could make these extra 3 distributions happen and they amazingly said they could!
We asked Akkara, the Kitchen Manager at the Community Kitchen, to share a bit about how she felt when we first asked them to increase their numbers again. Here’s what she said:
“I felt nervous and excited at the same time. In the past we used to make 450 to 500 meals a day. But now that we make food for the evening it can sometimes get challenging, we don’t always have a full set of portioners or cooks. We make approximately 1000 meals on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.”
“We try to find solutions to make our cooking and portioning easier. So, we experiment and try new techniques. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t and that’s okay! We rotate the meals so everyone can enjoy them.”
When the Community Kitchen first started, they were preparing 200 meals a week. This seemed like a big challenge at the time. The growth the kitchen has had has been amazing to see.
Thank you again to Community Kitchen for always being willing to adapt and for being so efficient in your coordination. This coordination doesn’t come without its challenges, however. To make all of these meals work, the Community Kitchen always needs teams of volunteers to prepare food, to cook, and to portion the food. Go to our app ServeNow to find out how and when you can help Community Kitchen and become part of this incredible team.