Our mission is simple; to feed the hungry.
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,Matthew 25:35
What We Do
We supply a daily nutritious meal for the unemployed, working poor, elderly, mentally- and/or physically-challenged, and the homeless in Rome and Floyd County. Our inspiration comes from the true spirit of communion — that sharing God’s gift with God’s people can be carried out in a caring and non-judgmental atmosphere.
The Rome-Floyd County Community Kitchen is a nonprofit operated solely by volunteers. Since opening in January 2009, our volunteers have served over 100,000 meals, with an average of 150 meals being served daily.
The Community Kitchen is funded by donations from area churches, businesses, civic organizations, foundations, and individuals. It costs the Community Kitchen $1.00 to fund one meal served. That dollar amount not only covers the cost of food, but also helps keep the day-to-day operations going by paying rent and utilities for our facilities. We rely 100% on donations that go directly toward all that is involved in feeding those in need.
The Rome-Floyd County Community Kitchen opened in January 2009 as a cooperative initiative by several downtown Rome churches to feed those in need. Those churches provided food, donations, and volunteers to start the Community Kitchen in the old Troy’s Barbecue building on the corner of North Broad Street and Calhoun Avenue. Since then, the donor and volunteer base has grown to include many other local churches as well as individual volunteers and donors across Rome and Floyd County.
The Community Kitchen has since grown to serve an average of 150 meals each day to men, women, and children. With the growing demands, the Community Kitchen quickly outgrew the old restaurant building that could only accommodate about 70 people at once. Plans were made to build a larger facility adjacent to the original location. In October 2014, the first meal was served in the newly completed, 5,000 square-foot space at 4 Calhoun Avenue. The new building allows seating for 115 people at once.