Central Kitchen hopes to maximize overall efficiency of food distribution within Cleveland’s homeless shelter system by providing a centralized location in which fresh food is prepared and cooked. Central Kitchen aims to give a healthier alternative to meals supplied and served to the local homeless, while training and employing populations that have employment barriers.
The Cleveland Foundation and Cuyahoga County Office of Re-Entry supported plans for the Central Kitchen. It will open its doors November 2012 within the new LMM Richard Sering Center, 4515 Superior Avenue. There are hopes to enlist 30 people over the course of the first year. Central Kitchen’s Head Chef, Chef Matt Barnes, has been piloting the project in preparation for expanding operations in December.
Training will include 12 hours of weekly class time for 3 months learning basics in cooking and kitchen safety with Chef Mark Jasinski CEC, Central Kitchen’s Culinary Instructor. Another 10 hours per week will be spent with Chef Matt Barnes, applying learned skills in the Central Kitchen facilities. During the last two months of the program, all 20 hours of weekly work time will be spent in the kitchen.
As a result of Central Kitchen training, program participants will be Serve Safe certified. They will also have the option to become a certified cook by the American Culinary Federation.
If you would like to know how you can help us help others, there are multiple ways to get involved. Contact Director of Social Enterprise Bryan Mauk at (216) 658-4608 or