The mission of NourishKC is to work collaboratively to create food security and systemic change in emergency food services in Greater Kansas City, both in providing healthy food and in empowering individuals to move beyond the barriers of poverty with dignity. 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 agencies 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 dozens of local food pantries for distribution to local 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.