WHO WE ARE
Bracken’s Kitchen is a 501(c)(3) organization based in Orange County California. Founded in 2013 our mission is simple: Through food recovery, culinary training and our community feeding program we are committed to recovering, re-purposing and restoring both food and lives.
The heart of who we are can be found in a statement first uttered in 1957 by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr; “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?”
At the core of our mission is a deep commitment to our nonprofit charity partners, business and professional supporters, volunteers, donors and employees. Our relationship with each and every one of these groups is as important to us as those we feed.
With their help we are committed to providing over 1.8 million tasty and nutritious meals in 2021.
A LETTER FROM CHEF BRACKEN
Like all of you, we've lived through an extraordinary 2020 whose effects and impact continues. Many of the challenges we all face will follow us through 2021 and beyond. Regardless of what we've faced, I'm extremely proud of our team and how they've risen to meet the need in so many amazing ways. If you would've told me last January that we'd provide more than a million meals in 2020 I would have laughed. And to think we're above 1.7 million now!
We couldn't have done it without you, so THANK YOU.
Don't misunderstand, this type of growth was and is part of our strategic planning, we just didn't expect to see it in less than a year. As it has been said, "desperate times call for desperate measures," and we're so very grateful to be in a position to help so many people during such a desperate time of need. We're excited about all we can do to grow our reach, re-introduce workforce training at a time when it's so needed, and build sustainable programs that will serve us well into the future. We believe very strongly in our model as a scalable part of the future battle against food insecurity. Food waste and hunger wont go away on their own but combining the battle against them both creates a model that should be in every county in America.. We will strive to bring it forward for all to replicate.
As we look at 2021 and beyond we're very aware of the far reaching impact this pandemic has had on the lives of so many people as well as our own work. From dodging Covid, keeping our team safe, supply chain challenges and the increased expenses associated with our work, we will meet the demand head-on. We'll continue to work very hard to honor all of our supporters by being responsible stewards of the resources provided to us. We are blessed to have an amazing team of people with vast experience in the food service business which makes our work so much easier.
Thank you all so very much for your love and support.
In its simplest form, Bracken’s Kitchen delivers hot and nutritious meals in a fun, and dignified manner. The program serves the highest quality and most nutritious meals that their clients will get all week.
YOU CAN HELP
At Bracken’s Kitchen we believe that we all share two universal and powerful human needs that run deep within. The need to breathe and the need to eat. As we all know however, air is free and food is not.
Bracken’s Kitchen was founded with the sole intent of using food to make a difference in the lives of those we serve. For the 13 million kids in the U.S. facing hunger, getting the energy they need to learn and grow can be a day-in, day-out challenge.