The Community Kitchen was founded in February, 1982 by a group
of concerned ministers and lay people under the leadership of Rev. Lavern Hanson. Five years later, in March of 1987,
The Community Kitchen Of North Iowa, Inc., was established as an independent, nonprofit corporation, which seeks to meet the long and short term needs of hungry people
and children throughout North Iowa. The Kitchen was licensed under the Iowa Restaurant Code in 1990 to insure the quality
of the meals and the cleanliness of the facility.
In April, 1996, The Kitchen moved from quarters in the Salvation Army building to our own facility at 606 North Monroe
in Mason City, Iowa. Our Mission is to provide balanced, nutritious noon meals six days a week to those in need without
regard to race, color, creed, nationality, age, gender, handicap, religion, or political affiliation.
Who does The Kitchen serve?
The Community Kitchen serves hungry people in North Central Iowa. Our clients include the low-income elderly, families
with limited resources, the working poor, those with mental or physical handicaps, and people who are lonely, disenfranchised, or need th hopitality our
The Kitchen also has a statellite meals program in Clear Lake, Iowa, which serves its own client base. This program
provides an evening meal on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at Zion Lutheran Church.