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 our Program Coordinator, Jennifer Elting for more information including upcoming training opportunities.
Handbooks and Resource Guides
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Current Partner Kitchens
Central Lutheran (NE 21st & Tillamook in the Irvington Neighborhood)
Central has two kitchens available for community use, and has been a generous host for the Kitchen Commons mobile community kitchen as well as special events and trainings.
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.
St. Michael’s Lutheran (NE 29th & Dekum in the Concordia Neighborhood)
St Mike’s representatives attended our community kitchen training in October, 2012. In partnership with the Concordia Neighborhood Association, they went through the kitchen envisioning process with Kitchen Commons in the summer of 2013 and moved full steam ahead with implementing their plan. Check out the events calendar for upcoming opportunities to cook and connect, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Trinity Full Gospel Pentecostal (NE 19th & Wygant in the Vernon neighborhood)
Our first kitchen partner, Trinity has hosted a monthly community kitchen, a Seed to Supper garden-based cooking program, and a variety of other activities starting with the very first kick-off event in November 2010 for what would eventually become Kitchen Commons. Contact email@example.com for more information on utilizing this kitchen or getting involved.
Directories & Prospect Lists
- NE Kitchens Directory
- N. Portland Kitchens Directory
- Master List of Registered Kitchens (coming soon – e-mail us for the draft)
- Microenterprise Prospect List (coming soon- e-mail us for the draft)
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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, submit the registration form below to join the network!
Registration form coming soon! In the mean time, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the address, contact information, capacity, rental cost, and any other details about your kitchen.
- 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.