How to Start a Community Kitchen
Interested in starting a community kitchen? There is no cookie-cutter approach, but there are many resources and guides to help get you started including the ones below. Kitchen Commons can assist communities and leaders in all aspects of getting a kitchen up and running: kitchen envisioning (if you are already associated with a kitchen location), finding a location (if you have an interested group but no kitchen space), connecting with local food, securing seed funding, planning, implementation, and evaluation. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information including upcoming training opportunities.
Current Partner Kitchens
Hollywood Senior Center (NE 40th & Sandy in the Hollywood neighborhood)
An amazing organization and host for the monthly Accessible Community Kitchen since the fall of 2013, as well as our very first Harvest Dinner in 2012.
Leaven Community Center (NE 20th & Killingsworth in the Vernon neighborhood)
We love Leaven! This church transformed into a community center is doing something truly unique, and the kitchen is part of that growing vision.
Luther Memorial Church (NE 72nd & Wygant in the Cully neighborhood)
Luther has been the gracious and enthusiastic host for our bilingual Cocina Comunitaria de Cully since summer, 2015 and also provides a home to the Northeast Emergency Food Program which partners on this Community Kitchen.
Register A Kitchen
Often when people learn about Kitchen Commons, one of the first questions is, “So, where’s the community kitchen?” While we work toward our vision for a dedicated community kitchen in every neighborhood, the answer is: “Where ever you are!” Kitchen Commons supports a network of community kitchen partners working to open up and fully utilize existing kitchen resources in congregations, community centers and schools. If you are involved with an organization that has a kitchen with opportunity for community use e-mail email@example.com with the address, contact information, capacity, rental cost, and any other details about your kitchen.
Inventories and Resources (Archives):
- NE Kitchens Directory
- N. Portland Kitchens Directory
- Kitchen Commons Resource Guide
- Community Kitchen Handbook
- Oregon Food Bank’s Nutrition Education Classes
- Growing Gardens’ Preserving and Cooking Classes
- Portland Fruit Tree Project’s Preserving Classes
- Zenger Farms Healthy Cooking on a Budget
Kitchen Tool Lending Libraries:
- Preserve and Serve (North Portland)
- Home Goods Library (SE Milwaukie & Powell)
- Kitchen Share (inner N/NE and inner SE)
Cooking Group Organizations:
Community Kitchens Models:
Community Food Preserving:
- Food Preservation Network: a pilot program in Minneapolis training food preservation leaders to instruct and manage community canning and preservation event.
- Jammin’ for the Hungry: Working out of the certified community kitchen at First United Methodist in Corvallis, OR, this program organizes volunteers to make jam to stock food pantry shelves.