In my previous Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans & Acadiana post, I spoke mainly about the Food Bank itself, but today I wanted to focus & share more information on the new commercial grade Community Kitchen. At nearly 6,500 square feet, the Community Kitchen is one of the largest productions in the region. The Community Kitchen helps to produce nutritious meals for the Summer Feeding and Kids Cafe programs. Meals are proportioned and well-balanced to new dietary regulations & are more affordable to local agencies since Second Harvest Food Bank produces such a large quantity on a daily basis. In addition, Second Harvest Food Bank also partners with other agencies including local shelters, soup kitchens and also senior centers.
When I visited the Community Kitchen in late October, I was very impressed with not only the size of the Community kitchen but the love and care that went into creating & packaging all the food made within the Community Kitchen. Imagine being a chef and having to train a complete staff EVERYDAY? This is exactly what the Second Harvest Food Bank Community Kitchen does with the help of their staff and dedicated volunteers on a daily basis. If your thinking this is a makeshift kitchen your wrong. State of the art restaurant commercial equipment was either bought or donated to the Community Kitchen from local patrons in the community. Local restaurants (and companies) donate not only equipment, but also fresh foods, packing materials & other goods needs by the Community Kitchen. Because of those much needed donations, the Community Kitchen can reduce their expenses and use the savings to purchase other supplies not donated to the organization.
Next to the Community Kitchen is a 1,000 square foot teaching kitchen that is used for special events, small meetings and educational classes. You can contact the Second Harvest Food Bank of information on how to reserve the Teaching Kitchen for your next event.
If you are able, please consider donating to Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans & Acadiana. There are many ways you can donate. You can give food, money or your time. It will make a difference!