The community kitchen is grateful for the volunteers and the upcoming fundraiser

CNCC students and Wal-Mart employees gathered to volunteer at the community kitchen at St. Michaels Church in Craig on Thursday, September 22, 2022.
Community kitchen/Courtesy photo

The community kitchen received a wave of volunteers last week and will be further aided by a fundraiser hosted by the Bank of Colorado on Friday, September 30.

The Community Kitchen serves a free lunch every Tuesday and a free dinner every Thursday with the help of a group of dedicated volunteers, many of whom are retired members of the community.

The kitchen was pleasantly surprised on Thursday, September 22, when a group of 20 students and staff from the CNCC and Walmart cosmetology program came to help prepare meals for community members.

The community kitchen is kept afloat in large part by its generous volunteer base, as well as donations and contributions from the community. Local grocery stores donate surplus produce and the pantry is stocked with canned goods from the Rocky Mountain Food Bank.

Community fundraising plays a role in raising the resources needed to support the community kitchen. For the past few years, the kitchen has held its Empty Bowl fundraiser as its only fundraising event.

However, this year, due to unforeseen circumstances, the Empty Bowl fundraiser will not take place. In lieu of the annual event, the Bank of Colorado is hosting a community kitchen fundraiser before Friday’s homecoming parade in its parking lot at 250 W. Victory Way.

From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Bank of Colorado will host the fundraiser in tandem with a Customer Appreciation BBQ that will include complimentary food for attendees.

The bank will collect cash and canned donations for the community kitchen. Donations will be accepted at the branch through Friday, and cash donations will be matched up to $3,000 by the Bank of Colorado.

The kitchen is open any time the volunteers have, even if it’s only 15-20 minutes. While the kitchen has struggled to recruit more volunteers recently, the number of plates served at weekly meals has increased steadily over the years.

To volunteer for the community kitchen or for more information on how to get involved, stop by St. Michaels at 678 School St. in Craig on Tuesday or Thursday.

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