Q: How much will it cost to build the Community Garden Kitchen?

A: The current estimate is between $900,000 and $950,000.

Q: Do you have to be a resident of Collin County to receive a meal at Community Garden Kitchen?

A: No, you do not have to be a resident of Collin County to receive a meal. Any individual, or family, even if they live in a different county, are welcome to receive a nutritious meal during our daily serving time, which will be Monday-Thurs. from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Q: My church has a volunteer group that lends time to various nonprofits. Is this a place where we could come and help?

A: Yes, your church group is welcome to volunteer! In fact, groups from local companies and other organizations throughout the community are all welcome to volunteer. We can help you coordinate your volunteer day, whether it’s in the kitchen or in the garden. For additional information please contact our volunteer coordinator, Cheneda Samuel, at: volunteercoordinator@communitygardenkitchen.org

Q: How is it envisioned that individuals will qualify to receive meals at the Community Garden Kitchen? Will there be an official “intake” process?

A: We feel strongly that the Community Garden Kitchen’s mission will be best fulfilled by establishing no barriers. No paperwork or intake process is planned. Not only will the absence of these administrative tasks reduce cost, but it will also minimize the fear and shame people experience when they seek help for their food needs.

Q: I would like to do a food drive for Community Garden Kitchen. What kind of foods do you need?

A: To serve healthy meals to our guests, we will need all the basics: protein, canned and fresh vegetables and fruits, dairy, and breads. For additional information please contact Cindy Solomon at: cindysolomon@communitygardenkitchen.org

Q: Does the Community Garden Kitchen just serve food?

A:  No.  We are working hard to offer a variety of services to the community.  We will be offering many classes on the weekends on several topics, like: how to grow your own garden, personal finance planning, employment and career services.  We will also have different non-profits each evening that can offer additional services to our guests. We strive daily towards making our community a little bit healthier, stronger and food secure.

Q: I would like to help. How can I get involved?

A: Monetary gifts are welcome — click here to donate. Your donation is secure. Donations in the forms of check, made payable to “Community Garden Kitchen” may be mailed to Community Garden Kitchen, 501 Howard Street, McKinney TX 75069. We also need volunteers to bring the Kitchen to life! Please click here, input your contact information and we’ll help you put your talents to work on this vital project.