SPOKANE, Wash. - Any food bank's mission is to fight hunger in the community it serves and Second Harvest knows that means more than just handing out donations. That's why this spring they're finishing construction on a community kitchen to help teach low income families how to stretch their food even further.
The food bank has set aside 1,700 square feet in its warehouse for the community kitchen, a project
they say could change the way we fight hunger and poverty in our community. Thanks to its community partners, the food bank was able to raise about half of the $1 Million they need to build the kitchen and operate it for three years.
Once finished, the kitchen will allow 24 clients at a time to learn how to make better use of the products they get at Second Harvest, learning to cook meals from scratch and relying less on processed foods.
"When that happens, they become self sustaining, and when they become self sustaining and break that cycle of poverty that's when we see the health of our community at large improve," Melissa Cloninger with Second Harvest said.
Eventually Second Harvest hopes to train other instructors to take the lessons they learn here to other community food banks. In a few years there may even be other satellite kitchens through Second Harvest.
Construction should wrap up around June, and they will have about a month to work out all of the kinks in this project. They could start teaching their clients as early as this summer.