Thursday, January 17, 2013

All Are Welcome Kitchen

While Massachusetts residents continue to be severely impacted by the recession that began in 2008, we are being hit hardest with the rising cost of providing food for our families. 

All Are Welcome, a non-profit organization operating a community kitchen in Middleboro, strives to fill that need by offering a dignified and pleasant dining experience in an uplifting environment, without judgment, whether or not the diners can pay. By encouraging those able to support themselves to assist in the support of others, All Are Welcome seeks to reduce what Director Karen Cook calls “food insecurity.” 

“We have never failed to meet the ‘this week pays for next week’ goal,’’ Cook said. “There is no paid staff here, not even me. My goal is just to put a decent, healthy meal on the table.” 

Those coming to the AAW Community Kitchen enjoy a sit down dining experience, and can order a variety of daily offerings from a cook to order menu of the day. The guest check provided at the end of your dining experience gives three options: make a donation of cash, or volunteering, and or return again with friends for another meal. Your check and donation of cash or promise to volunteer is then placed by the diner in a donation box located near the exit. 

Not only does this organization provide meals, it includes a community building experience.

A 5.5K run/walk fund-raiser to help with the cost of buying food for the meals will be held on Jan. 20. The event, which includes a chowder and bread lunch, begins at 1 p.m. at North Congregational Church, 38 Plymouth St., Middleborough. The cost is $25 and includes lunch, or $10 for lunch only. For more information, or a printable registration form, go to and click on the lunch bag.

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