Community Drives Success: In the Gym and the Kitchen

Community kitchens are places where neighbors come together to share resources such as food and money. They’re not just places for the poor or those with limited means; they’re also great opportunities for anyone who wants to improve their own health and well being. For example, I live in a neighborhood called Vista Del Campo (which translates into “the green valley”). My neighbor Steve owns a small grocery store there that sells fresh produce from his garden. He’s always looking out for new ways to increase sales and make his business run better.

Steve is a very healthy man and he works hard at keeping himself fit.

One day while working on the computer, he came up with an idea: Why don’t we open our own community kitchen?

We could sell all kinds of delicious food like organic fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, eggs, cheese… anything!

And since it would be free, why shouldn’t we do it?

I was skeptical at first, but after talking with him about it a bit more, I agreed. So we started planning the project. After some research and meetings with other local businesses, we decided that we’d need to raise $5,000 dollars to get things going. We had no idea if anyone else wanted to join us in this endeavor! But with the help of a website called Kickstarter, we managed to raise the money in just one month!

How did we do it?

Well, first we had to make a video that explained what our project was all about. Then we decided to offer some pretty cool rewards for different pledge levels. For example, for a $5 pledge, we offered a big thank you from Steve and myself. $10 got you the video and a big thank you. $20 got you a thank you, the video, and a “community cookbook” that we planned on making with all of the recipes everyone shared with us. For $50, you got a thank you, the video, the cookbook, and we would go to your restaurant and give you a full health inspection – something that small local restaurants can’t really afford to do without breaking the bank.

We were completely blown away by people’s generosity. By the time our Kickstarter project was over, we had raised $6,000 with 315 backers. We were completely overwhelmed by everyone’s response! We also learned a lot about what it takes to run a community kitchen and we have inspired others to start their own community projects too.

One great thing is that anyone can start a community kitchen really. All you really need is a few recipes, some friends to help out, and of course the health inspection! So if you have a community project you’ve been thinking about, we’d love to hear about it!

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User participation, mental health and exercise: learning from the experiences of Barrow community gym by AM Grant – 2014 – Penguin

Inquiry and innovation in the classroom: Using 20% time, genius hour, and PBL to drive student success by C Truman, P Raine – Department of Applied Social Science, Lancaster …, 2001 – Citeseer

Rediscovering Church: The Story and Vision of Willow Creek Community Church by AJ Juliani – 2014 –