One organization in Kansas City, Missouri has souped up their traditional soup kitchen. The Kansas City Community Kitchen served food restaurant style to the homeless people, a king of process that includes the greeters, waiter and a touch of respect.
According to the director of Episcopal Community Services for the community engagement, Mandy Caruso-Yahne, the one who runs the kitchen, they tried to flip up the photo of what soup kitchen seems like, told to Upworthy. For over 30 years, the Kansas City Community Kitchen has been servicing its people, but on February 5, the soup kitchen re-opened with its newest restaurant style initiative that makes the homeless people to eat/dine with dignity.
Every weekday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the volunteer wait staffs are serving high-quality lunches to homeless, said to a press release. The customers are all greeted at the door by the kitchen host who guides them to seat at table with a menu to choose from. A waiter will then come to ask them what they would like to order and afterwards, a freshly made meal will be delivered or served to them with respect.
According to Brian Oglesby, a homeless who always dined at the Kansas City Community Kitchen, his experience is a whole new thing. He was treated very well as if the staffs of the kitchen don’t know that he is homeless.
The menu served in the kitchen was created by Michael Curry, an executive chef and owner of Lil’ Bubba, a Kansas City Restaurant. Mr. Curry said that he once lived in poverty too and ate at the soup kitchens himself.
Michael Curry cooked a varied and healthy menu that associates fresh foods and several suggestions that are made by the diners. According to the statement he said in a press release, weeks before, we had several guests that asked him to cook some barbeque. So when he prepared the chicken a few days later, he decided to make it into the pulled chicken sandwiches with this house-made sauce that don’t have much salt and sugar content.
Aside from serving the homeless, this organization also participate in Culinary Cornerstones Training Program, which is 12 weeks training class that teaches the unemployed and under-employed with financial and cooking skills. This also helps the students to get their apprenticeships at the other local kitchen stores and restaurants.
According to Mr. Curry, their organization wants to be the place that the Kansas City restaurants can call when they are in need of good kitchen help. Furthermore, he also said that every people have the right to be sustained and nourished, and they will do that with the use of learning and food.
As for the volunteers who greet the people at door, it is all about serving up mounding helping of soul, said by Kenneth Cabean, a volunteer from the organization. Furthermore, he also said that seeing the homeless smile can really change a man’s heart.