Many of my friends love to cook and just like me, they take pleasure in seeing folks eat and appreciate meals specially prepared. For my cooking group, the Chicago Cooks & Bakers, I’ve formed a partnership with a local soup kitchen to share our love of cooking with the community.
The Good News Community Kitchen (GNCK) began as a ministry of the Good News Community Church (UCC) in 1983 and began serving meals a few days per week in the “North of Howard” neighborhood of Rogers Park, on the furthest northern border of Chicago. Today, with the help of more than 30 partnering congregations and community organizations, GNCK is the highest capacity community Kitchen in the metropolitan Chicago area and is the only community kitchen that serves a hot nutritious meal 365 days per year.
Today was my cooking group’s first soup kitchen event, where we worked together to prep & serve dinner. It was total of 3.5 hours of our time from 3:00pm to 6:30pm. Overall, it was an awesome event that resulted in so many full and grateful patrons. I am so proud of my group’s members and we are all looking forward to the coming months when we continue to volunteer and cook together for those in need. Here are pics of our event earlier today: