Other than love, what is more basic a need than a food to eat? For people who are experiencing homelessness, without a place to prepare meals, a home-style meal is truly a blessing, but in Dorothy's Kitchen, we serve more than food. We serve smiles, gentle conversation, hugs, and an atmosphere of family.
Dorothy's Kitchen opens at 8:30 every morning for a hot breakfast for our guests, serving between 90 and 150 people each day. The Kitchen also serves a hot lunch every day of the week at 1:00. We average 200 lunch meals daily.
Our Women Alive! emergency shelter serves a hot dinner to around 35 women nightly. Emergency food boxes are distributed between 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Mondays through Fridays.
There is no charge, obligation (other than good behavior), or discrimination. We don’t ask names or request IDs. Those who come are our guests, and are treated with hospitality, like family.
During the week, Dorothy’s Kitchen is staffed by the Companions of the Way, guests, and volunteers from throughout the community. Guest volunteers play an integral role in the life of Dorothy's Place, treating it as their home, giving of themselves to help others. On the weekends, local faith communities, schools, and civic organizations take over the Kitchen operation, and for that, we are eternally grateful.
The majority of our guests are men. About a quarter are women and children. We see many mothers with children, especially in the breakfast service, walking from neighborhoods in East Salinas. We see many seniors that come to eat and socialize with the people they know and trust. We have served approximately 1.8 million meals since our first day of service in April 1982.
Anyone is welcome to come and join in the work of Dorothy's Kitchen. It is most important to bring smiles with you and pass them out to everyone! Remember: we do try very hard to serve good food, but our real purpose is to love!
"Where there is no love, put love, and you will find love." ~St. John of the Cross
"I follow the Way of Love. Wherever love's caravan rests, that is my religion, my faith." ~Ibn 'Arabi