The Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden (CKG) provides fresh produce to FeedMore – the umbrella organization coordinating the Central Virginia Food Bank, The Community Kitchen and Meals on Wheels Serving Central Virginia. Talk about thinking local: the CKG is 4.5 miles from the FeedMore facility. That means the produce is fresh, higher in nutrition and the consumption of gasoline and jet fuel is minimal. Just kidding, no jet fuel is needed.
Sally Pluot – VP of Food Services for FeedMore – granted access to the Kitchen this morning so we could see the CKG produce being put in use. The Community Kitchen is an impressive operation. I’ve been behind the scenes in a few food service operations (VCU Cafeteria system; Hyatt Richmond Hugo’s Restaurant – yep, I’m “old school”; Queen Mary Hyatt), and this operation is sparkling and PRODUCTIVE. An impressive stat: 77% of the hands-on labor is volunteer.