common table

Stronger Together

Our CommonWealth Kitchen community of food trucks, caterers, restaurants, bakers and product companies have been devastated by the COVID pandemic. Most have shuttered. The handful that are operating, are struggling to navigate a path forward in these very uncertain times.

Never ones to sit down for long, CommonWealth Kitchen’s determined community of entrepreneurs have rallied together to launch a new initiative we’re calling CommonTable.

CommonTable leverages our powerful network of member food businesses, neighborhood restaurants, farm partners, and community-based organizations to produce delicious, culturally diverse, prepared meals to feed families in need -- because when you have more than you need, you build a longer table, not a higher fence.

It’s a community response to a community crisis.

your donations thus far have supported:

87,079 meals distributed
40 partners involved
$409,010 Spent in the Local Economy

Who’s making this happen

CommonTable is leveraging our deep, trusting partnerships with a wide network of food businesses, farms, public agencies, funders, and community-based organizations.

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Sourcing

we’re working with the Boston Area Gleaners, Red’s Best, and multiple farm partners to source local produce and fish whenever possible. We welcome donations of ingredients to incorporate into our meals!

Menu Planning

we’re relying on the tremendous culinary skills of our food trucks and restaurant partners, like Chef Ernie Campbell, owner of Jamaica Mi Hungry and the culinary team from Fresh Food Generation, to develop a wide range of menu options that reflect the cultural diversity of our community. Whenever possible, we also integrate ingredients and products from our member companies, including sauces and baked goods.

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Production

we’re leveraging our networks by producing meals in our own kitchen plus collaborating with local restaurants owned by immigrants and people of color to meet the community need, invest back in our neighborhoods, and fully represent the cultures and traditions of our City.

Sharing

we’re partnering with neighborhood health centers, affordable housing partners, community-based non-profits, and public agencies all across Greater Boston to ensure that meals are distributed to those who need it.

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In need of a meal?

Check out the City of Boston’s Food Access Resources to help direct you to a local site. Or you can always dial 311- the City of Boston hotline.

Looking to partner?

If you’re a community center in need of meals, fill out this interest form. If you’re a restaurant hoping to partner, share your capacity and interest here and we’ll get back to you within a week.

a focus on safety

CommonWealth Kitchen and all of our partners are committed to ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of all of our employees, partners and customers. To that end, we have developed specific protocols to limit potential risk, including:
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Limiting the number of staff members working in kitchens at one time to ensure proper social distancing
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Requiring that temperatures be taken for all staff working in the kitchens (and if 1 person on a crew shows up with a fever, the entire shift will be sent home to quarantine)
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Establishing no-touch pick-up sites in collaboration with our community partners.

HUGE THANK YOUto our generous supporters

who were the early adopters we needed to get this vision launched.

Boston Resiliency Fund
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
John Hancock
Liberty Mutual

how you can support

We have funding to get this effort launched, but know the need is far greater than the resources we have available.

For every $10 donation, we will be able to feed another individual with a delicious meal, while supporting our local food economy. Can we count on you for support?

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