When we began this program, 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 has changed, and now there are only 4 families in the Travelodge. 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.
If you are interested in volunteering, donating to support this program, or know someone who may benefit from being involved with the Common Kitchen, please contact Kristy Showstead at email@example.com.