Founded in August, 1987 by concerned members of the community, the Southside Community Kitchen (SCK) originally served meals to the hungry in south Lansing at Potter Park United Methodist Church. From the very beginning, the founders envisioned an interdenominational effort to address the needs of the hungry in Lansing. The Southside Community Kitchen engaged over 35 congregations and continues to be supported by people from many local church denominations in the mission to feed the hungry. When the Potter Park Church closed it's doors in 2006, the Southside Community Kitchen moved to Christ United Methodist Church on Jolly Road. Christ United Methodist Church hosted SCK for 10 years. We are grateful for their partnership. On January 15, we moved our kitchen to St. Casimir's Holy Family Center at 800 W. Barnes, Lansing. We are looking forward to working with our new partners at St Casimir's. We serve meals on Monday and Wednesday at St. Casimir's. On Tuesday and Thursday we serve meals at our other partner church, Galilee Baptist Church where we are graciously given the social hall space to serve our guests.
Meet our Staff
Marcia Beer, Executive Director
Marcia Beer joined the Southside Community Kitchen in January of 2013. Marcia brings a heart for service and a background in non-profit organizational management and Christian Education. She loves bringing people together who desire to make a difference in the community. Marcia is a certified ServSafe Food Handler and Food Service Manager.
Joanne Boss, Assistant Director
Joanne Boss, has served faithfully with the Southside Community Kitchen for over 19 years. Joanne schedules volunteers for food prep, serving, and clean up workers and is in charge of our dining areas- making sure each guest is welcomed and served with a smile.
Nina Machtel, Cook
Nina Machtel is a long time staff member of Southside Community Kitchen. She is our Monday and Wednesday cook. Together with a team of volunteers she assures food safety and creates and serves delicious meals on Monday's and Wednesday's at Christ United Methodist Church.
Margo Switzer, Cook
Margo Switzer also is a long time staff member of Southside Community Kitchen. Margo and a small team of volunteers prepare our Tuesday and Thursday meals with love and care and send it to Galilee Baptist Church to be served.
Timothy Beer, Janitor
Tim is our newest staff member and our chief grime fighter. He makes sure the tables and chairs are set up and taken down. He also sweeps, mops, and takes our trash out.
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