When we began this program in 2014, there were about 70 homeless families living in the Travelodge Motel in Natick, who had the challenge of preparing meals with only a microwave and minifridge. Common Kitchen was created by Kristy Showstead to give these families a place to cook in a relaxed atmosphere where the children were cared for and free to play in the Fellowship Hall.
A lot changed, and all but 4 families in the Travelodge were relocated to permanent housing in late 2015. So Common Kitchen has changed too. Now, we simply gather to cook and eat a healthy meal together. We take turns sharing recipes that we love and that are healthy and affordable. Common Street volunteers provide the ingredients and help organize the day, but all are welcome to participate. We eat together as a community, and at the end, leftovers are sent home with anyone who wants or need them.
Our last Common Kitchen meal was in the spring of 2016. However, our community is interested in having more community meals whether in this way of common cooking or potlucks. Please let us know if you’d be interested in hosting a community meal at the spiritual center; we’d be happy to work with you! Email email@example.com