Kitchen Pittsburgh uses food as the foundation to change lives and strengthen
communities. Through our culinary training and transitional employment
programs, we integrate food service with social service. We put people back to
are many people in our community who are not yet part of the ongoing
transformation of this city. At Community Kitchen Pittsburgh, our clients are
ex-offenders and other chronically unemployed individuals. They are young
people trying hard to make successful transitions from incarceration to the
community, fathers moving from homelessness to stable housing, mothers recovering
from addiction—many straining to cope with a combination of these challenges. Our
clients continue to experience violence, poverty, and issues ranging from a lack of transportation to
We use food to help address
these social issues and this community need. This is not a concept; this is what we do. We operate
three food service business lines, which provide a platform for on-the-job
training and transitional employment. In the past three years, our programs have:
- Trained 175 clients with a
91% placement rate for our graduates.
and delivered two million meals, three quarters of which have gone to low-income
and vulnerable populations.
over 55,000 pounds of food that would
have been thrown away and used it in freshly prepared meals that went to area
shelters and other nonprofits serving an at-risk and food insecure clientele.
over 3,500 school-aged
children, teens, and out-of-school youth and young adults with a demonstrated
impact on healthy attitudes and habits.
The UpPrize offers CKPgh
the chance to do more.
As we move into 2017, we are intentionally shifting our
model to be more integrated into the community through a brick and mortar
location. The Spahr Building on Second Avenue in Hazelwood will be our new home
for culinary training and programming, and is compatible with the Hazelwood
community’s economic revitalization master plan.
This location will expand community connection and
programming, and will include a culinary training restaurant open to the
public. Our programming trains front-of-house and back-of-house positions, and will
ultimately provide area food service companies with trained and ready-to-work
Our goal is to help people achieve stability and
self-reliance by providing the tools, skills, and experience necessary to shop
and cook for themselves and their families, and secure above-minimum-wage
this space, we will:
- Provide on-site food education classes and workshops,
Continue our in-school and community-based workshops,
Focus on those transitioning to independent living from
foster care, homelessness, and other institutional support
Provide commissary support and opportunities for local food
entrepreneurs to have pop-up restaurant nights. Our support of food
entrepreneurs generates employment for our graduates, and as the food service
scene grows, we can expand our reach.
this space as a redistribution organization for the Greater Pittsburgh
Community Food Bank, we will be able to provide pantry services to community
members to augment existing services, focusing on fresh produce and protein because
they are often in short supply at food pantries.
this space, we will continue to use our social enterprises to distribute
fresh, quality food to people who need it most, from schools to shelters.
with this space, we will continue to provide our flagship culinary training
and transitional employment programming, expanded to include all facets of a
full service restaurant. We have a responsibility to include all residents in
the changing economy, and food service is an important equalizer.
Pittsburgh is seeing an exciting expansion of new ideas and
food businesses – and for us, each one is a potential partner. These entities
can employ our graduates, or volunteer in our training or education programs as
a teacher, trainer, mentor, or coach. Every
new relationship we forge offers opportunities for our clients to develop and
expand their professional network, and each contact provides a vision of a successful
We are seeking to create a neighborhood-based asset offering
community programming around jobs, career pathways, entrepreneurial pursuits,
healthy food habits, food security. We are committed to ensuring access to a
quality meal and the dignity of sitting at the table regardless of income
With our established revenue-generating businesses and our
track record, we are well-positioned to accept both debt-financing and grants
to help launch this next social enterprise for Community Kitchen Pittsburgh,
increasing the breadth and depth of programming and support we offer to our
clients and our community.
believe everyone deserves a seat at the table. We are excited to utilize the
UpPrize support to help us achieve this vision.