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Using Food as a Treatment for Mental Illness

Food Politic | Posted 07.25.2014 | Impact
Food Politic

Most of us are familiar with food banks and soup kitchens, where donated food goes to feed hungry people in the community. Yet we rarely talk about the connection between mental illness and hunger and how access to food can do more than just provide a full stomach.

Fighting Hunger on Michigan's Northern Frontier

Kenneth Estelle | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Kenneth Estelle

Food banks like ours are equipped to save surplus food before it ends up in the landfill, but since the recession, our network has been stretched to capacity by the growing need.

These Teens Got Their Whole Community To Come Together To Fight Hunger

The News & Observer | Virginia Bridges | Posted 06.28.2014 | Good News

After volunteering at the Shepherd's Table Soup Kitchen in Raleigh, Austin Sealey and Cooper Meyer decided they wanted to do more. So the two 16-year...

Farming and Dancing: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, a group of daily givers, myself included, committed to provide seed funding to a fledgling social chan...

Homeless Lives: Unforgettable Personal Stories

Susan Orlins | Posted 05.27.2014 | DC
Susan Orlins

One homeless man tells about his more than ten years in a state penitentiary before a judge reversed his sentence and set him free. There are lighter moments too, like proving at six years old that Santa isn't real.

Welcome, Stranger

T. Thorn Coyle | Posted 02.01.2014 | Religion
T. Thorn Coyle

While scrubbing pots at the soup kitchen, I realized this truth: We are all strangers to one another. Then I realized: We can all welcome one another home.

That Time The President Stopped In To Make Some Sandwiches

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.14.2013 | Politics

As the government shutdown entered its 14th day, President Barack Obama spent some time away from the front lines of the budget battles on Monday to v...

Why Did City Try To Stop Nuns From Feeding Poor?

Posted 04.05.2013 | Miami

The City Of Miami threatened to shut down and/or prosecute nuns who have been feeding the homeless at a soup kitchen set up by Mother Teresa over 30 y...

Stone Soup In Soweto

Kristen Marble | Posted 06.02.2013 | Religion
Kristen Marble

Stone soup is simple: Each person contributes just one ingredient to a pot containing water and a stone. Through cooperation and involvement of an entire community, a nourishing, delicious meal for all is created. Today in Soweto, South Africa we had the privilege of seeing this children's story come to life.

Doing Good While Cleaning For Passover

Ariel Gros-Werter | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Ariel Gros-Werter

Before you start emptying your cupboards and fridge directly into a garbage bag, consider the people who search through garbage bags like yours every day in search of scraps to ward off hunger.

Hey Nonprofits: Stop It

DC Central Kitchen | Posted 05.01.2013 | Impact
DC Central Kitchen

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifBefore nonprofits can take our rightful seat at the table with public and for-profit sector players, we need to let go of some of the old mindsets and practices that have held us back for too long.

Evaluating Our Impact

DC Central Kitchen | Posted 04.29.2013 | Impact
DC Central Kitchen

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif On any given day at DC Central Kitchen, you can meet men and women who have changed their lives through our Culinary Job Training program.

Drawing a (Lunch) Line in the Sand

DC Central Kitchen | Posted 04.27.2013 | Impact
DC Central Kitchen

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifIn a time when off-shoring and outsourcing are household words discussed around dinner tables by struggling families, smart investments in local economies are essential.

Shattering Stereotypes

DC Central Kitchen | Posted 04.24.2013 | Impact
DC Central Kitchen

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifWe're taking men and women who were previously dependent on the system and giving them the tools to make their lives better.

The Power of Partnerships

DC Central Kitchen | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
DC Central Kitchen

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifTraining at-risk adults for culinary careers isn't easy work, and we're not perfect. In fact, we rely on dozens of partner agencies across the District of Columbia to support the progress of each individual client.

Women's Work

DC Central Kitchen | Posted 04.15.2013 | Impact
DC Central Kitchen

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifHow many times have you heard someone say "The best chefs in the world are men?"

Generous Garden Project (VIDEO)

Bus 52 | Posted 04.14.2013 | Good News
Bus 52

Behind a small health food store in Greenville, SC lies a large unused plot of land. That is, it was unoccupied until Bo Cable's desire to help his co...

Serving Up Second Chances

DC Central Kitchen | Posted 04.10.2013 | Impact
DC Central Kitchen

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifFor the 14 weeks they spend in our Kitchen, our trainees are deeply involved in our daily effort to provide 5,000 meals to hungry and at-risk residents of Washington, D.C. It turns out that giving back can be addictive.

We Are the Job Creators

DC Central Kitchen | Posted 04.07.2013 | Impact
DC Central Kitchen

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifAt DC Central Kitchen, we spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on local farm products each year, pay living wages, and train men and women that others have written off as helpless, or even hopeless, for real careers.

The View from the Front Desk: Trust the Process

DC Central Kitchen | Posted 04.03.2013 | Impact
DC Central Kitchen

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifInside DC Central Kitchen, some amazing things happen. But the outside doesn't look like much. Our headquarters is in the basement of one of America's biggest homeless shelters. By the time most people walk down the dark hallway to find DCCK's front desk, they're usually pretty nervous.

An Exercise in Volunteering

Hilary Sheinbaum | Posted 04.02.2013 | Impact
Hilary Sheinbaum

Much like the gym, (for me) the hardest part of volunteering is getting there. And yes, the difficulty I speak of includes torturing myself by watchin...

Building Culinary Confidence

DC Central Kitchen | Posted 03.31.2013 | Impact
DC Central Kitchen

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif DC Central Kitchen takes men and women who have been homeless, incarcerated, and addicted to drugs and throws them into this steaming pressure cooker. This might all sound crazy to you -- it certainly did to me when I landed a job here out of culinary school 15 years ago.

The Power of Tough Love

DC Central Kitchen | Posted 03.27.2013 | Impact
DC Central Kitchen

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif Hunger is a symptom of a bigger problem: poverty. That's why we started training the men and women who depended on soup kitchens and food pantries in the culinary arts, so they could get out of the soup line and onto the right track.

Shortening the Line By the Way We Feed It

DC Central Kitchen | Posted 03.24.2013 | Impact
DC Central Kitchen

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifAmerica's community kitchens and food banks will never feed our way out of hunger. That's why we try to shorten this city's line of hungry people by the way that we feed it.

Take the Competition Out of Volunteering

Ben Lerner | Posted 03.11.2013 | Impact
Ben Lerner

Is this really what the idea of volunteering at a soup kitchen is all about? Those who donate their time are undoubtedly responsible for positive Christmas or Thanksgiving spirit, but the charity is cheapened by immature competitiveness amongst them.