Abe’s Kitchen seeks to alleviate food insecurity through the use of a food truck serving a Healthy, Economical, Accessible, and Tasty (H.E.A.T.) menu in Food Deserts in Columbus.
Abe's Kitchen came to life at the Columbus GiveBackHack in April 2015. The team formed a plan, received seed capital, began to develop menus, and the needed supply chain. The first meal was prepared on Labor Day and served outside Linden STEM Academy.The Fall 2015 season continued through late October with meals served three days a week. Meals were sold for $2 (or 3 for $5) and were based off of the H.E.A.T Healthy, Economical, Accessible and Tasty concept. The menu included familiar items like meatloaf and tacos, which were well received by customers. The 2016 season will start in the Spring and should expand to multiple trucks and serving sites. The 2016 season also brings an added focus on local sourcing thanks to funding received at Columbus Soup.
Food is bought and prepared weekly at the ECDI Food Fort commercial kitchen by volunteers
Meals are served in neighborhoods most impacted by food insecurity for $2 a meal
Food Trucks add the Abe’s Kettle logo to a specific menu item and collect an $2 per item served to support Abe's Kitchen
Funds are collected and used to buy food and supplies
Additional trucks become Abe's Kitchen by displaying the banner and serving the H.E.A.T menu
Thanks to ECDI for supporting Abe's Kitchen as our fiscal sponsor and providing commercial kitchen space for food preparation at the Food Fort.
Thanks to Columbus Soup for supporting Abe's Kitchen as the winner of the Fall 2015 event focused on Social Enterprise. This funding allows locally sourced ingredients to be a focus of the 2016 season.
Thanks to GiveBackHack for creating an event that pushed this idea to become a reality. Initial funding from the event and continual support of the team has helped Abe's Kitchen continue to grow.