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New Hobart Community Kitchen Opens

A new soup kitchen and community meeting space for residents of Troy, Ohio opened its doors in January 2014. The Hobart Community Kitchen was built using a generous $300,000 grant from the ITW Foundation, along with support from the Troy Foundation, the United Way and other organizations. Troy, a rural community 22 miles north of Dayton, is home to ITW’s Hobart business, a global industrial food equipment manufacturer. The kitchen represents ITW’s first signature program, a philanthropic strategy that aligns foundation goals and beneficiaries with ITW’s core competencies and business segments.

The Hobart Community Kitchen is designed like a house and operates like a restaurant, with guests seated by volunteers and served dinner. The facility provides a dignified and comfortable dining accommodation for guests. The facility is equipped with new Hobart equipment and replaces the former St. Patrick’s Soup Kitchen to better meet current and future needs in the area. For example, the new kitchen can serve 120 people instead of 60 and offer dinner five days a week instead of three.

This expanded service is critical for Troy; the community has experienced a significant increase in poverty and the number of poor children has jumped from approximately 1,900 to 6,000 in recent years.* Local churches like St.Patrick’s provide thousands of free meals to local poor residents, many of whom eat all three meals at various soup kitchens.

*“For the poor, ‘recovery’ is a mirage.” December 4, 2012.