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Northeast News | Kansas City Community Kitchen closes due to exposure to COVID

Meal service suspended for Friday and food relief operations suspended for Saturday this week after kitchen staff were exposed to COVID.

NourishKC will close the Kansas City Community Kitchen dining room on Friday, January 27, located at 750 Paseo Blvd., due to a positive COVID test among staff.

NourishKC has informed volunteers of possible exposure and encourages volunteers and volunteer groups to reschedule their volunteer service on the NourishKC website, nutrikc.org/get-involved/volunteer. Food relief operations will also be suspended for Saturday 28 January and normal operations will resume on Monday 30 January 2023.

“While our focus has always been to serve our community, part of that service includes maintaining people’s health,” said Mandi Jean Retter, Advancement Director at NourishKC. “Kansas City Community Kitchen will close today, January 27, and close tomorrow, January 28, so that all staff can be tested and proper cleaning can take place. KCCK WILL RE-OPEN for on-site dinner service and grab-and-go meal service on Monday, January 30.

Normal hours of service for Kansas City Community Kitchen are Monday through Friday, 11:00am to 2:00pm

Since 1988, NourishKC’s mission has been to source fresh local food, prepare nutritious meals, and serve as a community partner to address the root causes of hunger. NourishKC bases the efforts of its programs – Kansas City Community Kitchen (KCCK), Food Rescue and Culinary Skills Training – on the belief that food is a basic human right.

They believe meals served to guests should be hot, fresh, and nutritious. In 2022, KCCK served more than 188,000 meals for free. The Food Rescue program provides healthy and nutritious food to KCCK and several local food pantries for distribution to local families. The program saved more than 522,000 pounds of usable food in 2022.

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