Kitchen24 opened its doors in Toronto over 3 years ago, creating an inclusive and collaborative space where anyone with passion for food can access the tools and support they need to start a successful business, with the ambition to become an integral part of the Toronto food community.
When the pandemic first hit, co-founder Steve Kidrom, who knows first-hand what being hungry feels like, stepped into action to help vulnerable communities who had lost access to basic and public service support due to COVID-19. Using its space, volunteers and resources, Kitchen24 started a daily meal program and the “Help Us Feed Toronto” campaign to get food to those who needed it most.
To increase capacity to meet the swell in demand that came in from hospitals, senior homes, youth shelters and food banks once word got around, Kitchen24 decided to open a dedicated offshoot ‘SoupKitchen24’. To date, it is supporting over 50 different organisations and providing over 6,500 meals a week.
The Scheinberg Relief Fund enabled Kitchen24 to cook and deliver 3,500+ weekly meals for 12 weeks, within the framework of an initiative led by Second Harvest in partnership with the City of Toronto. In the words of the organisation “support allowed us to expand, hire needed staff, purchase produce and packaging supplies just to name a few. Once again, A Big Thank You for your support”.