what is community kitchen?
this project is a revitalization of fucno (food under claiborne new orleans) & food-not-bombs in new orleans. there have been many food-not-bombs resurgences over the years, and there are probably other food projects happening right now that aren’t widely known in the city. in an effort to reach out to those that want to volunteer and those who have creative ideas, i made this site.
community kitchen aims to do many things. our mission is to bring together folks who love to grow, gather, cook, and serve food in order to reduce food waste and hunger while supporting those most marginalized by capitalism and the industrial food system. at it’s simplest, we will distribute fresh food to neighborhoods and serve homemade meals to anyone that is hungry; at it’s most complex, we hope to bring cooks, farmers, radical organizers, & neighbors to the kitchen to collaborate and discuss the issues that affect the roots of our communities, specifically regarding racism, poverty, and violence. we get food donations from around the city, cook in our kitchens, and serve in a variety of ways.
we provide free, hot meals to the hungry in the central business district, distribute free produce to our neighbors and to community organizations, and organize solidarity food catering (making food for social-justice events). we like to network and do outreach across new orleans, so contact us if you’d like to get involved or know of partner organizations or places we can distribute fresh food and serve meals. we can also assist others in starting up similar projects in their neighborhoods.
when & where do you cook & serve your free meal?
right now we’re cooking on tuesdays & serving in duncan plaza across from city hall.
our weekly work shifts are something like this:
9-10am: produce runs
10am – 3pm: prep & cook & then clean the kitchen.
11am-noon: neighborhood food distro.
2:30pm – 5:30pm: transport food to CBD & serve. cleanup afterwards.
how do i get in touch?
e-mail: kitchen at commiekitsch dot org
can i donate stuff?
yes. we’ll take anything! here’s our shopping list of things we can use:
- cambros or durable plastic coolers (like this) (or this)
- insulated beverage serving containers (like this)
- restaurant kitchen supplies, especially pots, pans, mixing bowls, and serving trays
- serving utensils (spoons, tongs, etc)
- reusable plastic bowls & plates
- paper plates, bowls & cups
- plastic food serving gloves
- hand sanitizer
- hot sauce
- cooking oil
- dried beans
- spices & herbs
- folding tables & chairs