meal since its founding, and has now grown to an annual production of 250,000 meals. The “little soup kitchen that could” has proven it certainly could run an efficient kitchen with a lean staff of 8.5 employees.
How does Martha’s Kitchen accomplish so much with so small a staff? The answer is Collaboration.
Martha’s Kitchen has created a network of cooperating community-based organizations who collaborate to help each other deliver the services for which they
have the expertise. This arrangement allows participating agencies to focus on their core competencies at the most efficient level by avoiding duplication of services.
Hunger is our primary focus. Just ask any chronically hungry person what his goals are and you will most likely get a blank stare. Even those of us who can afford three square meals a day know that it is hard to focus on anything else with an empty stomach.
At its location at 311 Willow St. San Jose, CA 95110, Martha’s Kitchen serves not only as a soup kitchen and a central kitchen that prepares meals for other sites. It also serves as a clearing house of produce, meat, poultry, frozen and baked goods collected by a band of volunteers from grocery stores and produce markets. These are sorted, then usable goods are kept for meal preparation, and any surplus shared with partner agencies.
Nonprofit Report for Martha’s Kitchen