Cloverdale Community Kitchen goes public

The stewards of a new commercial grade kitchen launched last year to help homeless in Cloverdale host an upcoming public forum.

Cloverdale residents are invited to help shape the future of a community kitchen that aims to serve the needs of the people and the community it was designed for.

Pacific Community Church is hosting a public forum early next month to help determine the next steps for the kitchen, a commercial-grade facility completed last December, thanks to fundraising efforts that brought in $400,000 in support and following 13 months of planning.

The church is located at 5337 180 Street in a renovated warehouse that’s now home to the kitchen, which currently serves 75 to 100 meals each week.

The hope is to expand programming by addressing immediate needs as well as undertaking wider initiatives, such as employment programs.

The church hired consultant Teunis Schouten, who looked at the kitchen’s existing resources and met with community and business leaders to assess needs in Cloverdale. He’s has drawn up a set of recommendations on what steps to take next.

The public forum is a chance to consider findings and initiate action, organizers said in a release.

The kitchen was designed to be a local networking hub of community partnerships, social enterprise and community resources.

Anyone who is interested in the kitchen and hearing more about its future direction is invited to attend the forum, slated for 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 at the church.

Last February in Cloverdale, teams took part in the Coldest Night of the Year walk on behalf of the new community kitchen. The event was the facility’s official launch, as well as a successful fundraiser that pulled in $58,000 for the kitchen, nearly double the original target.

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