The mission of NourishKC is to rescue fresh local food, prepare nutritious meals, and serve as a community partner to address hunger’s core causes.
NourishKC’s vision is a community where all people have equal access to nutritious food.
NourishKC bases the efforts of its programs – Kansas City Community Kitchen (KCCK), Food Rescue, and Culinary Training – on the belief that Food is a basic human right. Additionally, we believe that it is not enough just to fill bellies; the meals served to our guests should be hot, fresh, and nutritious. Our goal is to feed anyone in need and change lives in the process by partnering with other organizations and helping our volunteers build community.
In 2020, KCCK served nearly 88,000 meals free of charge to anyone who arrived at the door. Our Food Rescue Program provides healthy, nutritious food to KCCK and to neighborhood food pantries throughout the greater Kansas City area for distribution to under-resourced families. The program has rescued more than 500,000 pounds of perfectly fresh, usable food from being wasted last year alone. NourishKC also leverages its kitchen facilities to host the Culinary Training Program, which focuses on helping older teens in foster care gain valuable life and job skills to prepare them for aging out of state care.