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Our Work | MLK Kitchen for the Poor

We’re here for people who need help during tough times.

Mission

We offer hope and acceptance to those in need, keeping in mind the dignity of all persons.

We help anyone who walks through our doors, regardless of age, sex, religion, political beliefs or race. We feed the homeless and those with low incomes. We provide hope where there seems to be none.

Meal delivery

We deliver meals to the elderly and area shut-ins.

Meals for summer vacation

We serve hot meals to neighborhood children during summer vacation.

Ingredients for home cooking

We provide ingredients for food-stamp recipient families to prepare meals at home.

Essentials for our community

We provide clothing, toys, counseling and support for the immediate community.

Extra help for the holidays

We help needy families with meals during the holidays.

Christmas gifts for the whole family

We match “adoptive” families with needy families to provide gifts for Christmas.

Christmas gifts for children

We provide Christmas gifts to children.

Last year at the kitchen

  • $53,555

    in grant money
  • 32,971

    total meals served
  • 837

    food boxes distributed
Learn about hunger

Recognizing that local hunger has global effects, we do what we can to feed the hungry.

  • One out of six Americans does not have access to enough food
  • 16 million children are living in food-insecure households
  • The lack of adequate nutrition affects the cognitive and behavioral development of children.
  • Children from food-insecure households are more likely to suffer from irritability, fatigue and difficulty concentrating than those who have adequate nutrition.

Based on statistics from Feeding America

Programs

Let the work continue

To help keep the kitchen open, we've created some fun events for our supporters to enjoy.

Bowl-a-Thon

Our bowling fundraiser is held each Fall. Teams of supporters donate to play — and tell us they love it.

Sapphire Soiree

Held each Spring, this beautiful evening event gives our friends and supporters an opportunity to put on their finest and come out for the kitchen.

Fundraiser Pop-ups

The kitchen has a lot of friends who hold impromptu fundraisers throughout the year at various venues throughout the Toledo area.

Stories

In their words

Our clients are the reason we're here. We'll let them share their experiences at the kitchen with you.

I am blessed. With my illness, it’s not easy. I count on the people at the kitchen to help me out every day. They make me feel loved and appreciated so I don’t feel isolated. I appreciate them and thank God for them every day.

Cecelia

“I don’t know where I’d be without the help the kitchen gave us”

Willie Ward, Sr., principal of Martin Luther King, Jr., Academy for Boys in Toledo, is clear: the two biggest influences on his life to date are his mother and Martin Luther King, Jr...

Miss Henrietta and all the people at the kitchen have been so welcoming to us. We have been homeless and living in a shelter for a while. We always feel respected and loved when we come to the kitchen.

Jeff

I’ve been coming here for a long time. I don’t know what I would do without the kitchen. It’s a place where I don’t have to go hungry. I can count on coming here to get a decent lunch and whatever else they give.

Joe