Toni's Kitchen

Volunteer Profile: Mary Nguyen

“I am so lucky and have so much. How can I not give back?” —–Huong “Mary” Nguyen, Toni’s Kitchen Volunteer   When you meet Mary Nguyen, you’d never guess by her cheery demeanor that she survived a harrowing journey from Vietnam to start a new life in the United States. Whether she’s cooking soup for…

Toni’s Kitchen Backpack Outreach Program

Toni’s Kitchen is using the simple backpack to provide healthy food to families in the community through a variety of outreach partnerships.  Each backpack contains healthy food and snacks like apple sauce, peanut butter, tuna, raisins, grains (breads and oatmeal) and fresh produce.  We invite people to donate directly to the backpack program.  We also…

Volunteer Profile–Sharon Tobias

Editor’s note: Sharon Tobias is a local therapist who developed our therapy program at Toni’s Kitchen.  She is at Toni’s Kitchen every Thursday helping our guests with critical counseling needs.  Sharon has a lot of experience and a deep commitment to the population we serve at Toni’s Kitchen.  We asked her to tell us about…

Baristanet: Local Food Drive To Benefit Toni’s Kitchen Starts August 1

From Baristanet: Over 1 million people in New Jersey, including 1 in six children, are food insecure. Here are a few ways you can help: Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty (32 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ 07042) is once again partnering with Move For Hunger, a national non-profit organization, to host a food drive from August 1-September…

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…