We Offer Free Dinner to Anyone
in our Community
It began in May 2009, when members of Suquamish UCC served a free dinner to about 30 people in our community on the last Wednesday of each month.
With tremendous support from our community, this Suquamish Community Kitchen has steadily expanded. In April of 2010 we started cooking an additional meal of hearty soup on the first Wednesday of the month.
We are now serving dinner nearly every Wednesday of the year. We typically serve 140 to 150 people at each meal.
Menus have included roast chicken, pulled pork, turkey dinners, chili, fresh salads, beverages, and — always — great desserts!
We coordinate our efforts with other churches in North Kitsap, with the hopes that there will be a church providing dinner every day in the last week of the month, in particular — a time when, for many of our neighbors, the cupboards are bare.
A variety of groups participate in preparing and serving each meal. Teams have included the Medicine Wheel participants, Windermere’s Kingston office, the Jewish Pardess Circle, Grace Episcopal Church and Cross Sound Church, the Friends of Miller Bay, the Raven Canoe Family, Boy Scout Troop 1502, and the Indianola Book Club.
We have also received tremendous financial support from our community. Windermere Foundation offered funds to match donations received through the Kitsap Great Give. Grace Episcopal provided grants that allowed us to purchase commercial cooking equipment and two double-oven stoves. The community donated the outdoor food pantry and refrigerator.
We gratefully appreciate all of the financial donations, as well as donations of time, that have made this possible.
Help with the Community Kitchen
The Community Kitchen — which many people in our community rely on — depends on volunteers like you. Volunteers may help cook, serve, or clean up.
We welcome your participation! To find out exactly what is needed, please contact Susan Hancock, Stephanie Bento, or the church office.
Community Kitchen Cooking Teams include:
- Suquamish United Church of Christ
- Windermere Poulsbo
- St. Barnabas Church
- Tree of Life
- Cross Sound Church
- Indianola Book Group
- Suquamish Garden Club
- Cooking with Agape, SUCC
- Sacred Water Canoe Family