Milestones on the Map, OFB Partnership, Seeking New Kitchens
If you’ve been following our updates, you know that Kitchen Commons has been in a “roadmapping” process to help guide our next directions. This spring we finalized a map that shows visually where we are headed with milestones along the way, as well as more detailed descriptions in our areas of Organizational Development, Program, and Finances. Here are some current updates for what’s going on in Kitchen Commons land, much of which is reflected in the early phases of the roadmap!
- Seeking New Community Kitchen Partners: We are looking to identify one to three new partners interested in using the Community Kitchen model to engage and empower their community members, participants or clients around healthy food, social support and leadership development. The full cost to Kitchen Commons of helping to start a new group and providing ongoing training and support for one year is approximately $1,500. We are seeking partners that can commit to contributing at least a portion of this cost, whether through their operating budget or a shared fundraising plan. Ingredient costs can generally be budgeted at about $50 per session, and we are also encouraging partners to plan for or work toward a stipend for the Community Kitchen leader of $50 – $100 per month.
- Expanded Oregon Food Bank Partnership: Kitchen Commons has collaborated with OFB since the FEAST event in 2010 that led to our formation. Recently we’ve been in the process of becoming an official partner agency, starting on a pilot basis with our Cully Community Kitchen at Luther Memorial. We are looking forward to the expanded possibilities for Community Kitchens this new adventure will open up.
- Program Planning: The Program Coordinator and Committee have been hard at work on a comprehensive Program Plan to be launched this fall. Among the many great reasons to come to the Summer Celebration on 8/14 is to be part of the unveiling!
Kitchen Commons is sending huge amounts of gratitude to everyone who participated in our roadmapping and to James Hillegas-Elting and Joshua Binus for guiding the process. It’s clear that community kitchens are a welcome and needed addition to Portland’s community food system and we are excited to continue to support their development with passion, persistence, and partnership. We look forward to partnering with many of you in the coming months as we work to follow our new roadmap to our goal of seeing Community Kitchens become as popular as community gardens. For more information on any of the above, if you’d like a copy of the roadmap or the program plan, or if you have suggestions of who we might reach out to with a partnership proposal, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.