McKINNEY, TX - The idea for a community kitchen began as a discussion about hunger and food insecurity in McKinney around - of all places - a kitchen table. That was nearly six years ago. And the unique thing about that conversation? The idea didn’t die when the talking did. It blossomed into something bigger. It blossomed into actually starting the first kitchen in Collin County dedicated to serving meals to people in need.

According to a study done in 2018 by Feeding America, there are roughly 138,000 people in Collin County – or 16 percent of the population – who lack access to a sufficient amount of affordable, nutritious food.

That’s why, on a windy December morning city and business leaders in the area gathered in an otherwise empty field in the 500 block of Throckmorton Street for the groundbreaking for the future site of the Community Garden Kitchen. Once built, the 4,500 square foot facility will feed anyone in need of a meal, no questions asked, said Angela Poen, the president of CGK. The building, which will be right next to Holy Family School of McKinney, will also be used for community meetings, and instructional classes in food preparation, nutrition, and health.

Poen hopes most of the building will be completed by spring of 2020 but says more fundraising is needed to complete the interior of the building – such as purchasing kitchen equipment and furniture. Clearly, it's just the beginning of a groundbreaking journey.