Toni's Kitchen

A Toni’s Story — George

George (not his real name) has been an on again off again guest at Toni’s Kitchen for a number of years.  We first met him after he became homeless and was living in his car. He told us he was estranged from his family.  In the dining room he kept mostly to himself, but would…

Toni’s Kitchen Garden is Growing Strong!

The Toni’s Kitchen garden has undergone a complete renewal for this year’s planting season, thanks to the incredibly hard work of Max South.  Max is an Eagle Scout in Montclair, and took on the renovation and restoration of the TK Garden.  Max also raised the funds needed to build the garden. First, Max and a…

We Need Summer Volunteers!

At Toni’s Kitchen, we commit to staying open during the summer with our regular Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday meals.  Not only do guests still come for a healthy meal and services, many also take respite in our dining room from the heat.   Staffing can be a challenge as many volunteers vacation or have different schedules.  If you have some time to…

Toni’s Kitchen Marches in July 4th Parade

On July 4th, an enthusiastic group of Toni’s Kitchen volunteers marched in the Montclair 4th of July Parade.  The Toni’s Kitchen van was tricked out as a decorative float, and the Toni’s group walked the parade, handing out “I Love Toni’s” buttons to kids and hearing lots of cheers and applause from people watching along…

Listening In The Kitchen–A Toni’s Kitchen Podcast

Toni’s Kitchen is proud to present “Listening in the Kitchen,” a new podcast that tells the story of Toni’s Kitchen in a new way–through audio interviews with volunteers and guests of Toni’s Kitchen.  “Listening in the Kitchen” was produced by Toni’s Kitchen volunteer Elinor Meeks, and portrays a unique community resource that functions as a…

Montclair Foundation Grant Helps Toni’s Kitchen

The Montclair Foundation recently awarded Toni’s Kitchen a grant to help support our growing Food Outreach Program.  We were able to purchase a beautiful, new 3 door refrigerator as well as get started on some much needed carpentry work.  Thank You Montclair Foundation!! The Montclair Foundation is a nonprofit that awards grants to charitable organizations in the…

Happy Summer!

Summer is here!!! Leaving town for vacation this summer? Don’t come back to spoiled food! Bring us any unopened, unexpired food from your fridge or cabinets and we will get it to a family with food need. It’s easy to think of others during the summer!

Volunteer Profile: Jana Joyce

It’s 9 AM at Toni’s Kitchen and lead chef Jana Joyce is already a whirl of activity. She’s jump-starting the prep work: hauling a crate of potatoes from the pantry to a kitchen counter, starting the roux for today’s soup and peeling about three dozen carrots. With her iphone blasting Aretha and a quick jolt of coffee, Jana is ready…

Toni’s Kitchen Annual Volunteer Dinner — Saturday, June 17

Toni’s Kitchen is excited to invite our fantastic volunteers to join us as we celebrate your talents and the contributions you make to our mission.  We love the fun and spirit you bring to serving our guests!  Join us for great food, fun times and some fun take-aways!  We are catering the event this year so…

A “Toni’s” Story

Richard (not his real name), a middle-aged guest at Toni’s Kitchen, has had serious health issues, one of which was treated by surgery within the past year.  This surgery had to be postponed more than once until his blood pressure was brought under control.   When Richard came to our blood pressure screening last Thursday,…