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The many benefits of a Community Kitchen, from supporting food Entrepreneurs, the local economy, to boost local job creation, diversify the local economy to name a few.

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Community Kitchens also transfer ideas and technology from universities or companies,” says CIAS researcher Kaelyn Stiles. Stiles and CIAS Associate Director Steve Stevenson interviewed 17 kitchen organizers nationally. Private, public, for-profit, and non-profit kitchens were included in the study. Some kitchens were just getting off the ground, while others had many years of experience. What Kaelyn Stiles found that successful community kitchens have clear goals. Recruiting potential kitchen users works best when the effort also has clear philosophical, economic, and social objectives

Community kitchens promotes fellowship, local food security, to provide affordable food, giving people guidance and assistance.

Community kitchens offer specialty food processors, farmers, and caterers a relatively inexpensive place to license food processing activities. Kitchen clients are charged only for the time that they use the facility. They benefit from the technical knowledge of others using the kitchen, particularly those with extensive food processing, marketing, and business experience.

There are many different reasons a community kitchen is built, sometimes the members divide the costs up with purchasing,, they may provide meals for people by being a soup kitchen, they may be kitchen incubators. One thing I do like is when people come together to cook up massive dinners and take home for to five person dinners of each dish. Helping other people to cook food on a budget, learn basic cooking skills, learn about nutrition. When people come together to work together for a common goal everyone wins. Community kitchens are one of the best ways to involve yourself with food culture.

According to Michael Shuman, community kitchens could translate into $1.5 billion in new wage income and another $255 million in state and local taxes. Shuman says a 20 percent shift to local food also achieves benefits like: stronger community economies, ecological sustainability, better nutrition and health, and more civic engagement, as reported in the Ann Arbor News.

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Mari-Lyn Harris

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