CAPS to hold first community kitchen

Published 6:02 pm Tuesday, November 7, 2023

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The Coalition Against Poverty in Suffolk is gearing up for a new program to help residents with food insecurity. The 501C3 charity will begin their CAPS Community Kitchen, a weekly Friday night dinner, on Friday, Nov. 24, at Main Street United Methodist Church located at 202 N. Main St. Clients of CAPS suffering from food insecurity or shelter referrals will be invited as well as first responders and groups offering services to the public. The CAPS Community Kitchen team will helm the program: CAPS Community Kitchen Coordinator Karla Sanchez, as well as Jan Pruden and Caitlyn Wakefield of CAPS. 

Pruden, Service Team Member for CAPS, discussed the upcoming kitchen program.

“We’re anticipating serving people in the community who are having any types of food insecurity or just in need of a meal or fellowship. We’re anticipating serving between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., and very soon, we’ll be putting out a specific calendar of dates and locations where we’re planning on hosting this dinner,” Pruden said. 

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Pruden says this will be the first year the nonprofit will focus on serving the community with weekly meals.

“We are anticipating offering fellowship and food as well as the possibility of a lunch to take forward for the next day and possibly a breakfast for the next day as we finalize that,” she said.

The organization will provide various convenience items for the CAPS Community Kitchen program, such as paper products, prepackaged cutlery, food prep containers for leftovers and more. For more information or to provide a donation, go to or call 757-935-5497.