Community Kitchen's congregate dining program integrates high-quality, nutritious meals into programming of community partners. Community Kitchen volunteers plan a delicious meal, aiming for balanced nutritional content with a protein, vegetable, and carbohydrate/starch. A pre-warmed, buffet-style meal is provided for participants, program staff, and Community Kitchen volunteers. Community Kitchen volunteers heat, transport, and serve the food. Our volunteers also share in the meal and conversation with our meal recipients.
Congregate Dining for the 2015-2016 school year partnered with a number of organizations throughout the St. Joseph and Stearns County community. Our Congregate Dining Partners include:
Anna Marie's Alliance, The Central Minnesota Task Force on Battered Women. This non-profit organization has sheltered more than 14,300 women and children since 1979.
Bel Clare Estates, a Saint Cloud residential neighborhood. Our Congregate Dining program delivers food to an after school service for young children in living in the neighborhood.
Dream Center of Saint Cloud, an organization dedicated to helping men, eighteen years and older, face their problems, find wholeness, and successfully integrate back into society.
Hands Across the World, The first contact for the refugee & immigrant families of Central Minnesota, providing education opportunities to children of immigrants.
To volunteer with congregate dining, see Community Kitchen's volunteer page.
Joe Town Table (St. Joseph's Monthly Community Meal)
Joe Town Table is a free monthly meal served by members of the community in partnership with the Central Minnesota Catholic Worker, Saint Joseph area churches, community members and CSB/SJU students. The meal is held the fourth Sunday of each month at the American Legion Post 328 in St. Joseph. All are welcome!