On Saturday morning, April 30, 2011, a fire at Hope House, 14 Montgomery Street in Concord, caused considerable damage to the Friendly Kitchen. We first hoped we could rebuild on Montgomery Street, but circumstances forced us to seek a new home. In Spring 2012 we received approval from the City of Concord to construct a new building on South Commercial Street, just off Interstate 393, in Concord.
The new building is about 5,800 SF and can feed 120 people. It provides both indoor and outdoor seating and is completely accessible for people with disabilities. The one-floor building features an up-to-date commercial kitchen, making it easier for volunteers to prepare meals and clean up afterward. It also has ample storage area for donated foods. It offers free onsite parking in a well-lit landscaped area.
The Friendly Kitchen’s building was destroyed by fire in April 2011, but it never missed a meal – it has continued to serve the needy from temporary locations around the city. Through the financial support of hundreds of people and organizations in the greater Concord community, we were able to continue operations, find a new location, and build a wonderful new home that opened on December 27, 2012.
We opened with the help of a construction loan, which we would like to pay off and eliminate monthly mortgage expenses. We also have ongoing operational expenses (such as heat, water, sewer, and very limited salaries). You can help by contributing to either of these funds.
Click here for a complete list of named sponsorship opportunities, or click the Donate Now button below to donate online.
If you prefer to make your donation by check, please make it out to The Friendly Kitchen and mail to:
The Friendly Kitchen
P.O. Box 373, Concord, NH 03302
A Holiday Message from Hope
Additional Ways to Help the Friendly Kitchen
For more than three decades the Friendly Kitchen has relied on people like you to help feed those who do not have the means to feed themselves. Though faced with increasing operating costs and an increasing number of hungry people in the Concord area, the many volunteer hours and donations by individuals and local businesses are helping to keep the door to the Friendly Kitchen open to the homeless and hungry.
One woman brings by eggs from her chickens on a regular basis. Once a month an older couple brings by a grocery bag of coffee, sugar, beverages – whatever has been on our “items needed” list. One couple comes by a few times a year with over $300 worth of things from Sam’s Club for us.
Whether you are able to assist financially, provide needed food, or would like to encourage your business to become a partner, your help is very welcome!
Donations Drop-Off: Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday between 10:30am & 6:00pm. If that is not convenient for you please let us know and we can make other arrangements.
1. Donate Money
Hundreds of hungry people in Concord seek food assistance daily. It is because of your unwavering support of The Friendly Kitchen that we are able to maintain our services.
The Friendly Kitchen is totally dependent on the generosity of friends. Your gift, in any amount, will help ensure we have the means to provide a meal to every hungry person who comes through the door.
We now accept online donations via Network for Good, the safe, secure, reliable provider of online transaction services for nonprofits. Click the Donate button above and you'll be taken to a webpage where you can donate online (using a credit card). It's a simple and secure 3-step process!
You may also send a check in any amount to The Friendly Kitchen. Simply send a check made out to The Friendly Kitchen and mail it to The Friendly Kitchen, PO Box 373, Concord, NH 03301. Thank you for your support!
2. Donate Food or Time
Donate Food - Any food donations you make directly help us feed the hungry. One important way you can contribute is by organizing your own food drive to support The Friendly Kitchen. Your contributions help immensely, not only during the winter months. Feel free to contact us for ideas.
There are certain items that The Friendly Kitchen always needs, and if they are not donated we must purchase them. These include:
- fresh produce (salad materials especially)
- coffee (regular, not decaf or flavored)
- hot chocolate
- powdered beverage drinks
- grated parmesan cheese
- salad dressings
- broth (chicken, beef, turkey, vegetable)
- gravy mix
- frozen orange juice
- canned fruit
- liquid dish soap
- hand soap (liquid )
- toilet paper
Donate Time - Volunteers are a very important part of The Friendly Kitchen. Please contact us to set up a time to discuss our volunteer openings. Some volunteer opportunities include helping with various tasks that arise from time to time, such as shelving canned goods, organzing our freezer.
3. Partner With Us
The Friendly Kitchen offers dynamic partnership opportunities, from publicized events to corporate grants — all to help end hunger in Concord.
Each year the Friendly Kitchen sponsors a very successful 5K Road Race Road Race and 3K Fitness Walk in Concord. Your company can help by partnering with us to become a sponsor of this event.
Each year we also host a popular family-friendly concert by Emmy award winning singer and songwriter Dan Zanes. Your company can help by partnering with us to become a sponsor of this event.
By partnering with the Friendly Kitchen, you will receive exposure through our publicity campaigns for these fundraising events, mention on our website and quarterly newsletters. Partnering with us helps those at risk of hunger and gains recognition for your company's charitable efforts. Please
about a partnership.