About Community Garden Kitchen of Collin County
The Community Garden Kitchen will be a nearly 5,000 square foot free-standing building on the property of Holy Family School. The land for the facility has been provided by the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas. Architectural and design work has already been completed.
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 teamed with Holy Family School of McKinney to design 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 donated 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.
The McKinney Community Garden is located on the two-acre campus, and was the inspiration for our name. Local gardeners rent small plots on the school ground and often donate their produce to the school. The children at the school have a garden and enjoy learning, growing, and eating the fresh fruits and vegetables they are able to produce. Community Garden Kitchen will be actively involved in teaching interested parties about sustainable, healthy living through gardening.
We are constantly encouraged by the desire of our volunteers to feed people. As we move forward with our Capital Campaign for the building, we are working to feed people now. This year our largest undertaking has been Kids Cafe. We initiated a joint effort with North Texas Food Bank and the McKinney Housing Authority to serve lunch to the children living in and around the Housing Authority complex over the summer months. One of the goals of this program was to increase community awareness about childhood hunger during the summer months. As word spread about Kids Cafe, new volunteers contacted us, anxious to serve and the program has enriched the lives of both adults and kids.
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, Jackie White – Treasurer, Katrinka Clark – Secretary,
Board: Cathy Apple, Michele Burke, Jenifer Florence, Robert Matlock, Kelly Vaughan, Michael Palmer, Julie Smith