Designed by Architect Tom Theisen and built by Chad Fisher Construction, our community kitchen opened on December 23, 2013. The new cafeteria is three times the size of the old one. Some of the fantastic new features include: a sheltered waiting area outside, improved hand-washing stations, restrooms, and a garden. The kitchen was designed specifically as a teaching kitchen so that our Hunger to Hope Instructor and visiting chefs can perform demonstrations while participants practice techniques on the surrounding prep area.
The building project was made possible by the generosity of hundreds of community members. The Jack & Shirley McIntyre Foundation awarded a matching grant of $300,000. The other $345,000 was donated by generous individuals, businesses, congregations, and foundations. McIntyre Foundation Board Members Brian McIntyre and Sarah Hess contributed their time and project management expertise as members of the design team. Special thanks to Friendship House Board Members Al Bird and Roy Martin for their contributions on the design team.
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