Kitchen Restore program gets $1,200 helping hand


WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – The K State Office of Research and Extension in Sedgwick County says there are many programs to help families feed themselves, but what happens next ? This is where Kitchen Restore comes in.

According to the extension office, the Kitchen Restore program is a community giving initiative whose mission is to provide “starter kits” that include new or lightly used household cooking utensils and equipment to individuals and families in need.

Organizer Sara Sawer told Eyewitness News that there are families in our community who take turns eating because they only have one plate to share.

“I take it for granted that I can start my coffee in the morning and have a cup to drink it from,” Sawer said.

She says food collected from local pantries can be wasted if families don’t have a pot to cook it with.

“Our goal is to get people cooking in the kitchen, but also not having to choose between buying a pan this month or paying their electric bill,” Sawer said.

Kits include everything you might need to prepare a meal for your family, including pots, pans, measuring cups, plates, and utensils.

The extension office sends the kitchen starter kits to various partner programs, including HumanKind Ministries, the Department for Children and Families, United Methodist Open Door, and the VA Homeless Program.

KWCH and DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers donated $1,200 to support the project.

The extension office organized a donation campaign in February. If you would like to help, you can purchase items at Kitchen Restore Amazon Wish List.

Or, you can make a monetary donation here. Click the yellow Donate button and select Kitchen Restore from the drop-down menu.

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