Toni's Kitchen

Bloomfield Schools Donate to Toni’s Kitchen

Toni’s Kitchen received a wonderful donation in mid-August from the Liberty Academy school garden in Bloomfield.  Liberty Academy is a program at Bloomfield High School that is located at Bloomfield College.  Jorge Carvalho, a science teacher at the Academy and Michael Palmieri, an Adjunct Professor at Bloomfield College, donated a big portion of fresh vegetables…

Toni’s Kitchen Marches in July 4th Parade

A little bit of rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of our volunteers as Toni’s Kitchen marched in this year’s Montclair town July 4th parade.  With the Toni’s Kitchen van (re-imagined as a parade float!) leading the way, our group of dedicated volunteers marched the 1.6-mile parade route.  Thousands of residents lined the route, and you…

Celebrating Our Volunteers

On Friday, June 26, a volunteer appreciation dinner was held at St. Luke’s Church in honor of the many volunteers who donate their time at Toni’s Kitchen.  The dinner was just a small note of appreciation for the incredible hard work that all of our volunteers do every day to make Toni’s the special place…

Adventure Kitchen Raises $663 For Toni’s Kitchen

On Saturday, May 30, a community-wide Bake Sale sponsored by Adventure Kitchen raised $663.70 to benefit Toni’s Kitchen, a local organization that has been serving meals to hungry members of our community since 1982.  The Bake Sale took place at the corner of Bloomfield Ave., South Fullerton Ave., and Church Street in Montclair.   “At…

Kids Helping Kids at Toni’s Kitchen

One of the great things about Toni’s Kitchen is how families are able to get involved in preparing and delivering meals for the needy we serve. Lately every Thursday afternoon, Jodi Aishton and her children Georgia and David would come by Toni’s with their wagon. They would load the wagon with backpacks of food and deliver them…

Toni’s Kitchen Goes Green!

Toni’s Kitchen’s meal service just keeps getting better. We’re pleased to say that we are now using reusable dinnerware.  We’ve moved away from serving on Styrofoam plates and bowls and coffee cups, plastic tableware, and disposable drinking glasses. That means some 250 table settings a week (13,000 a year!) are being replaced by utilizing real…

Statistics on Hunger in New Jersey

From the 2015 Feeding America survey on food insecurity, here is a link to how counties in New Jersey stand: http://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/our-research/map-the-meal-gap/2013/NJ_AllCounties_CDs_MMG_2013.pdf You can see the whole Feeding America report here: http://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/news-and-updates/hunger-in-the-news/hunger-strikes-even-rich-us.html

Who Are Our Guests? Toni’s Kitchen Releases New Survey

In 2014, Toni’s Kitchen Advisory Committee member and longtime volunteer Pat Moulton, in collaboration with Claire Bonesteel, a Montclair High School student and summer volunteer, put together a survey questionnaire to learn more about the guests served by Toni’s Kitchen.  The survey explored why our guests come to Toni’s, what services they use, and how…