Community Kitchen Returns to Western Theological Seminary

[UPDATE] The Community Kitchen will continue to serve lunches at First United Methodist Church of Holland until Friday, June 29th. Please check back for up-to-date location and hours after that date.

After more than a year away, the Community Kitchen (CK) will be moving back to its original home on the campus of Western Theological Seminary (WTS). Free nutritious hot meals will once again be served at 101 East 13th Street in renovated kitchen and dining facilities that are now fully equipped for modern food service.

Since June 2017, the Community Kitchen has been hosted by First United Methodist Church in Holland. FUMC’s location near Downtown Holland and WTS has made it an ideal partner to continue meal service during construction at Western Theological Seminary. Of note are FUMC volunteer greeters who welcome patrons by name as they arrive and leave, a sign of their care and dedication to the community.

Coinciding with the move, the Community Kitchen will be updating its lunch hours to 11am – 12:30pm Monday through Friday. Also returning are breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday, served 9am-10:30am, which had not been available for the past year due to the change in location.

Since its founding in 1991, more than 800,000 meals have been served to the community through contributions by volunteers from many local churches, space provided by WTS, and coordinated by Community Action House. The lunches and breakfasts served reflect an ongoing need in for a safe space in our community for camaraderie, hunger relief, and service. About 150-250 meals are served each day, which include a hot entrée, vegetables, salad, bread, juice, milk, and coffee.

The public is invited to attend an open house to view the new facilities and learn more about the Community Kitchen on June 28th, 4:30-6:30pm. The open house will focus on expressing gratitude to the food donors, volunteers, churches, and partners that have made this space and meals possible. All are welcome.