Community Garden Kitchen of Collin County

A rendering shows off the look of the Community Garden Kitchen of Collin County, an initiative undertaken by McKinney residents who want to provide prepared hot meals to whoever needs one, no ID or paperwork required. 

Community Garden Kitchen of Collin County won’t be a soup kitchen. More importantly, it will be a restaurant with a wait staff that will allow people in need to dine with dignity.

CGK president Angela Poen and the CGK board of directors envisioned a way to address hunger and food insecurity in Collin County.

According to the nonprofit, over 15 percent of Collin County residents who live below the poverty line today struggle to have enough food to sustain healthy, productive lives. Roughly 48,000 of that number are children who are food-insecure.

While CGK works to feed residents on an ongoing basis, like the McKinney Community Garden in McKinney, it plans to build a 5,000-square-foot building on the property of Holy Family School on Throckmorton Street in McKinney in order to prepare and serve meals. It would also serve as a gathering space for meetings and instructional classes in food preparation, nutrition and health. This will be the first facility of its kind in the county.

The land for the facility has been provided by the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas and ground will be broken this year, but donations are still needed in order to finish the interior. 

For the second year in a row, CGK will hold a fundraising event at The Sanctuary in McKinney’s Adriatica. The Gathering, scheduled for 7-10 p.m. May 9, will have live music, live auctions items, raffle baskets, food and fun. 

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