The Community Kitchen Inc., Serving the Monadnock Region since 1983
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The History of The Kitchen
The Community Kitchen started as an idea that a group of like-minded people had in 1982. The idea was to provide a meal to those who needed it. Naming the idea was the first problem—”soup kitchen” wasn’t what they wanted so The Keene Community Kitchen was born. In 1983 they started serving food in three local churches, but it soon became clear that the whole need was not being served and so take-home boxes were added to the equation. It also became clear that they were not just serving Keene residents, so the name was changed to The Community Kitchen, Inc.

The Community Kitchen continues to thrive as an organization largely because of the wonderful, dedicated volunteers who give their time, perhaps the most valuable donation of all.

The support of the local community helped and continues to help, guide TCK on its way—local restaurants and businesses donate food and the Monadnock United Way and cities and towns within Cheshire County give financial support along with the County itself.

After operating out of the churches for many years TCK finally had to admit that the inconvenience of moving every pot and pan around pointed in one direction—they needed a permanent home of their own. In 1994 the building on Mechanic Street was purchased and renovations began. The Pantry and Hot Meals Program began operating fully in their new home in 1998.

Over the years our numbers have grown: in 2015 we served 480,240 meals to 3,542 Cheshire County residents registered in our Pantry Program and helped a further 5,108 people in 1,384 families have a Holiday meal they would not have been able to afford without our help. We served 22,578 people a healthy and nourishing meal – which averages to over 1,800 a month.
We operate two programs – the Pantry Program distributes food weekly on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Clients are verified annual by their income and residence. The Hot Meals Program serves a free meal six days a week, an evening meal on weekdays and a lunch on Sundays.

Our Gleaning Project was started in 2013 and has enabled us to partner with other agencies and businesses within Cheshire County. In its 3 years this project has brought over 100,000 lbs. of farm and garden fresh produce into our programs.

We strive to guide our guests and clients to make better food choices and partner with other agencies offering cooking workshops, classes and recipes. As the world changes around us we have to adapt to current needs and demands and can do so only with the continued support of the community around us.
The original group of ladies who founded our great organization.

We Need Your Help! Grab a friend or people from your civic group and call us to volunteer your time.


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The Community Kitchen, Inc.
, 37 Mechanic St., P.0. Box 1315, Keene, NH  03431  (603) 352-3200 Fax (603) 355-0179 
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