A Soup Kitchen In Kansas City Is Disguised As A Restaurant So The Homeless Can Dine With Dignity

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A new way of dining has cropped up in Kansas City. Episcopal Community Services CEO, Beau Heyen describes his new soup kitchen with a spin. The soup kitchen is set up like a cafe type of restaurant. This soup kitchen restaurant brought on Executive Chef, Michael Curry who has done the Union Station Starbucks corporate, among other high profile places. Curry checks the menu to make sure the food is top notch and both nutritious and delicious.

The service model of the new Kansas City Community Kitchen aims to breaks down the barriers of a standard soup kitchen cafeteria and bread line. Their vision is to have more volunteers engaging with the guests and to build a sense of community. They will also have waiters and the guests will be able to choose their foods based on nutritional needs and their preference.

The ribbon cutting for daily lunch services at the Kansas City Community Kitchen was in early March. Members of the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce were in attendance at the lunch eating and celebrating withe guests for the opening of the Kitchen. In mid March the Community Kitchen extended its' services to include daily breakfast in the morning.

The Kitchen is open to all members of the community. People are encouraged to come volunteer as well as eat and form an intentional community. The focus of the Kitchen is dining with dignity and respect. Volunteers interested in helping can sign up online, come in person to volunteer or eat at the kitchen with business partners- all are welcome!

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