Director’s Blog — Summer 2017

by Anne Mernin, Director of Outreach for Toni’s Kitchen Summer 2017 Dear Neighbors: Toni’s Kitchen has been growing — a lot!  Part of the reason is that suburban hunger is growing as new, previously stables groups have joined more traditional high-need populations.  High housing costs and a scarcity of full time jobs lead to extended periods of…

Special Needs, Special Thanks

Toni’s loves its partnership with special needs schools and groups. These volunteers set our tables and organize our pantries as they also develop their own skills to step out into the world. Special thanks to The Deron School, The Children’s Institute, YCS/Sawtelle Learning, Montclair’s Transition Program and Jespy House for their support during the academic…

Party with Purpose!

Courtney Sollie wanted her children to grow up understanding the importance of serving others.  “As a family we could fill one or two backpacks a month with healthy food for others,” Sollie thought.  But what started out as a family project soon became a community event.  “Getting together with friends, we knew we could make…

Inspiring Young People Donate to Toni’s Kitchen!

We love when young people make donations to Toni’s Kitchen. We have so many amazing young women and men who take time to raise money, or bake, and donate to Toni’s.  We are so grateful to the many, many people who volunteer and support our mission.  But we are especially grateful to the kids who…

Toni’s Kitchen Program Helps Day Laborers with Food Assistance

As part of our continuing effort to provide food assistance to people in our area in need, Toni’s Kitchen has started a food program for local day laborers.  The program provides laborers with healthy staples like rice, beans, and tuna each week.  Also included, thanks to a grant from the Partners For Health Foundation, is…