Why a Shared Community Kitchen

 

The Takoma Park/Silver Spring Community Kitchen is to be used as a resource within the community to alleviate hunger and economic inequality by providing a haven for local food production. When operational, the Community Kitchen will host three components: Micro-enterprise development, cooking and nutrition classes, and preparation of food for distribution to low-income individuals. The kitchen will also play a critical role in developing a healthy, safe, and secure local food system.

The Community Kitchen will be located in the Takoma Park Presbyterian Church's Fellowship Hall where a kitchen already exists. The current kitchen on the first floor, 593 square feet, will be modernized and updated. Three cooks will be able to work there simultaneously. The second floor, 485 square feet, will house another smaller kitchen. Storage space is one of the most important requirements. There will be storage on each floor plus an additional 175 square feet of basement storage - a walk in cooler and dry storage. We plan to start construction in June 2015.