About Community Garden Kitchen of Collin County
The Community Garden Kitchen will be a nearly 4,800 square foot free-standing building sharing the campus of Holy Family School. The land for the facility has been provided by the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas.
Community Garden Kitchen of Collin County, Inc. (CGK) began in 2014, blossoming from a discussion around a kitchen table about hunger in the community. Discovering there was no place in Collin County that served prepared, healthy meals on a daily basis, the group decided to build a permanent place to feed those in need.
Today we are a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation with the goal to eliminate hunger in our community.
These friends and others who’ve joined this endeavor believe that no one residing in Collin County, Texas should be food insecure. Today, over 15% of our county’s residents who live below the poverty line struggle to have enough food to sustain healthy, productive lives. Data shows that McKinney, our county seat, is the epicenter of food insecurity in our county.
Community Garden Kitchen has designed a multi-use facility which will be shared by the school and CGK as a place to prepare and serve meals. The building will also be used for community meetings, and instructional classes in food preparation, nutrition and health.
Our relationship with Holy Family School is one that will benefit both the pre-school students who attend the school and our neighbors in need. During the day, the students and staff will use this much-needed facility, and in the evening the kitchen and dining room will be open to volunteers and guests.
The Episcopal Diocese, which has supported the school from its inception, has leased us the land for the building. Community Garden Kitchen will operate rent and debt-free in the new facility. The property already has an expansive paved parking lot and a playground area with equipment.
CGK will have a garden and children at the school and visitors to the kitchen will enjoy learning, growing, and eating the fresh fruits and vegetables they are able to produce.
The past two years our Board has devoted its efforts to developing a working infrastructure, finalizing a building design, fund-raising, and expanding awareness about hunger in McKinney. It is vital that the community join us to raise the necessary funds for construction and future operations after construction is completed. We hope that you will join us in making McKinney a place where no child or adult ever goes hungry again.
Board of Directors:
Angela Poen – President, Kelly Vaughan – Vice President, Jackie White – Treasurer, Katrinka Clark – Secretary, Katie Ruscheinsk – Executive Director
Board: Cathy Apple, Lori Bhargava, Michele Burke, Forrest Fairley, Jenifer Florence, Robert Matlock, Julie Smith, Cindy Solomon