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Amahl and the Night Visitors
Raylynmor Opera Presents Amahl and the Night Visitors  By Rick MacMillan

This holiday season Raylynmor Opera will present the timeless Christmas classic Ahmahl and the Night Visitors at Dublin School’s Fountain Arts Building, Friday January 13, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday January 15, 2017 at 2:00 p.m
Originally written for television in 1951 by composer Gian Carlo Menotti, this one act opera depicts the story the lame boy Amahl and his mother who are visited by the Magi, on their way to see the Christ child. The splendor of the three kings contrasts with the poor trappings of Amahl and his mother, who can offer only a bed of straw for their comfort. The riches of the Magi prove too much for Amahl’s mother, as she attempts to steal their gold meant for the Christ child. King Melchior sounds the opera’s basic theme of charity by offering their treasure to this poor family, saying the Christ child has no need for riches or wealth. Amahl, in turn, offers his only possession, his crutch, as his gift to the Christ child. This act of charity leads to a miraculous healing of Amahl’s lameness; he leaves with the Magi to visit the Christ child.

Raylynmor’s production seeks to encapsulate the Opera’s theme of charity, by asking patrons to bring canned goods and foodstuffs to the performance, which will be donated on their behalf to Keene’s Community Kitchen. A raffle prize will be offered to those who contribute to the offering.

Tickets may be purchased on-line at and are priced at $30 for adults, and $10 for students and children.

To download Poster click here                 To download information about the event click here

 Bulldog Community Day
On October 1st, 2016, as part of the Grand Opening of their new location on Winchester St. in Keene, BULLDOG DESIGN chose a way to celebrate their wonderful customers and clients by offering a free Bulldog signature Tee shirt for everyone bringing in a canned good for The Community Kitchen.

The results were 425 pounds of food! $264 donated by our community!! Not bad for a days work!!!

Pictured below is Wayne delivering the food collected at Bulldog Design's Community Day on Saturday. Wayne is Karli's dad! Have we told you how much we love the Bulldog crew!
Bulldog Community Day Results

September is Hunger Action Month
  September is Hunger Action Month  
  Pictures of our volunteers - wearing our orange t-shirts that remind us that September is Hunger Action Month. We'd like to point out that for us... every month is Hunger Action Month!!!  
SEPTEMBER IS HUNGER ACTION MONTH, when the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks unite to urge businesses and individuals to take action in their communities.

The goal of Hunger Action Month is to mobilize the public to act on behalf of the men, women and children who are food insecure in New Hampshire. It is our opportunity to create a movement throughout September that has a real and lasting impact on the New Hampshire Food Bank's mission to help end hunger in New Hampshire.

As individuals, charities, businesses and government, we all have a role to play in getting food and services to those in need. This September, join the New Hampshire Food Bank and Feeding America and Together, We Can Solve Hunger™.
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Harvest Benefit Dinner
Our very first Harvest Benefit Dinner raised nearly $10,000! It was held at the lovely Keene State College Camp at Wilson Pond, 18 Page Court in North Swanzey on August 29th 2015. 120 people enjoyed some amazingly wonderful food prepared by the cooking staff at The Community Kitchen, drank some truly great beer brewed by the Brewers of Nye Hill Farm in Roxbury and also drank some wonderful wine from the Walpole Mountain View Winery. Both were very good and by the level of laughter, a good time was had by all.

The weather was almost perfect ... and best of all the Kitchen raised money! We're already talking about next year's event!

Check out our Facebook page to see some of the photos of the event! Click Here
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Many Thanks to the Participating Local Farms and Businesses:
Walpole Valley Farm, Walpole,  Manning Hill Farm, Winchester,  Nye Hill Farm, Roxbury Center,  Picadilly Farm, Winchester,  Tracie's Community Farm, Fitzwilliam,  Goats Rock Dairy, Gilsum,  Stuart & John's Sugar House, Westmoreland,  Sawyer's Artisinal Cheese, Walpole,  Walpole Mountain View Winery, Walpole

Generous in-kind sponsorship by The Pub Restaurant, Keene

Lead Event Sponsor C&S Wholesale Grocers.

HUNGER U Challenge    
Hunger U Challege, please click HERE

Please take the Challenge by clicking HERE  Please select Keene State University.

For more information about HUNGER Today please click HERE
  On April 9th and 10th Keene State College was host to the HUNGER U Challenge to make students and the public, aware of the rising statistics of the world's hungry!

Hunger hits closer to home than many realize.
  • 1 in 6 Americans is hungry.
  • 1 in 4 American children live in a food insecure
  • We live in the most abundant food-producing
     country in the world, yet 52,000,000 Americans
     are hungry.

The Hunger U Challenge is asking you to simply take a 5 question survey and at the end they will donate a meal to the Community Kitchen in Keene.

Keene State College and Harvard University were the only two schools chosen in New England for the Hunger U Challenge.

TCK is the 2015 recipient of the Antioch Presidents’ Community Partner Award
The Community Kitchen (TCK) in Keene, New Hampshire, is a leader in addressing hunger and food security issues in the Monadnock Region. TCK provides healthy and nutritious hot meals, take-home food boxes, and advocacy to low and moderate-income people in the Monadnock Region. Enlisting the help of local volunteers, including Antioch students, faculty and staff, The Community Kitchen serves free hot meals six days a week and operates a food pantry program and a successful gleaning program that brings fresh, local produce from area farms to the those in need. AUNE students and staff collect food for the pantry on a monthly basis. Community Kitchen staff serve as advisers to Community Garden Connections (CGC) at Antioch University New England (AUNE). CGC volunteers, including AUNE students, faculty and community members, build raised bed gardens, manage a 1-acre giving plot, and provide gardening support throughout the region in collaboration with community nonprofit agencies and social service organizations. CGC initiatives provided over 5,000 pounds of fresh produce to the Community Kitchen through TCK's Gleaning Program, which wouldn't be possible without their dedication to this shared work.

On December 12th 2014 we were honored to have the KMS 6th grade class fill our truck with over 1,400 lbs. of food. The kids lined up through the corridors and passed the food all the way to the Community Kitchen's van, waiting outside Door M. The boxes spilled over with food as the happy faces of the kids inside giggled and smiled as they proudly passed cans, packets, boxes and jars of food to the next person in line. For all the efforts they made to collect this food and pass it on to those who are hungry in our community.....................THESE KIDS ROCK!              please click the images below for a larger view
The kids waiting to start the food transfer. Instructing the teachers how to pass the food. That's one long corridor!! Filling the Van one by one. Overflowing cartons of food. Over 1400 lbs is a lot of food! What a great KMS Can brigade  TCK has received!

Huge Support for Food Drive
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On behalf of The Community Kitchen, I would like to thank everyone involved who made the Fenton Family Community Food Drive on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 the success it was.

The list is long and includes Bill Fenton, president of The Fenton Family Dealerships; Jason McLean, general manager, Honda of Keene; George Thompson, internet director; Bob Cox, general manager of the Monadnock Radio Group; Steve Hamel, operations manager; Dan Mitchell from WKBK; Teri Erickson from KNE-FM; Mark Healey from Wink Country and Don Gibb and Dave Sutherland.

Grateful thanks to Hannaford, Market Basket, Price Chopper and the Monadnock Food Co-op for hosting the food drive. Despite freezing temperatures and relentless rain, shoppers were greeted with a smile and a list of suggested items to donate ... and donate they did!  The bags of food were soon being placed in the carts — which in turn soon started to fill.

Bill Fenton and George Thompson drove from supermarket to supermarket picking up the food and delivering it to The Community Kitchen on Mechanic Street, where a small team of staff and volunteers were waiting to sort, box and put it into inventory. After a slow start, because of the weather, over a ton of food had been collected, sorted and boxed by noon. The food drive ran from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the final total was over 2½ tons.

One group of people also needs to be sincerely thanked. They are the hundreds and hundreds of shoppers who bought extra food and donated it — some bought an extra can, some bought an entire shopping cart of extra food — for people in their community who need a little bit of help. Employees from Market Basket pooled their money and donated six carts of food.

The Community Kitchen is helping to provide food for an average of 7,000 people a month through our hot meals and pantry programs. We are a small donation-funded organization and are grateful for every packet, can and box of food that was collected on Saturday.

With many, many thanks to everyone who made the Fenton Family Community Food Drive such a success,

Phoebe Bray
Executive Director
The Community Kitchen
37 Mechanic St.
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