People’s Kitchen striving to feed the poor
September 9, 2013
South County People’s Kitchen board members are scheduled to ask the Grover Beach Planning Commission on Tuesday if they can continue serving the homeless from the non-profit’s current temporary location. [SantaMariaTimes]
On an average, the organization provides hot meals to 80 to 100 needy people a day which it serves from a vacant lot off South 16th Street under a temporary use permit. The group is asking to have the permit extended while they continue to look for a permanent site.
A local Boy Scout installed pavers in the serving area as his Eagle project, and wind screens are put up to protect the volunteer servers. The group is holding off on installing an overhead canopy until the rains starts in order to comply with a 180-day-limit on overhead covers.
A coalition of 18 churches and volunteers cook food in their homes or church facilities, and then transport the meals to the People’s Kitchen serving site, where they dish out approximately 3,000 meals a month.
Opponents of the organization say that having a food program lowers nearby property values while drawing “undesirables, drunks and drug addicts” to the area.