Good food for all.

Central Kitchen

  • Overview

    At our Central Kitchen, we prepare daily breakfast, lunch, and snack for the children participating in all of our free and affordable child development programs.  We continue to ensure that the fresh ingredients grown in our Production Farm and school gardens are put back into our food cycle and we help educate children about healthy eating and active living.

    Located in the heart of San Rafael, our commercial kitchen enables us to meet critical nutritional needs for the children in our programs and it provides a vital space for select local business owners and entrepreneurs to operate and grow small food service businesses. And we are now also developing plans to expand our offerings at the kitchen with vocational training and apprenticeship opportunities.

    Feeding Community

    Nutritious meals and snacks a year
    Free and affordable classrooms of children served
    Children eating healthy every day
    • I’m proud that through my work, the children eat better and become more healthy, so they are able to learn better every day. 
    Jose Rodriguez > Kitchen Manager
  • Programs

    Many families in Marin struggle to put food on the table, so when we help support them with high-quality child care, we know that good food is very important for the health and well-being of every child in our care. Our kitchen has delivered over 2.5 million meals to date, making sure that over 950 children have nutritious and culturally-appropriate breakfast, lunch, and snack daily.

    Renting Space

    The Central Kitchen is a 2,000 square foot commercial kitchen, one of only a few in Marin County.  When not in use for our programs, we rent space to entrepreneurs and nonprofits that need a commercial kitchen. We also serve as the commissary for local food trucks. We welcome inquiries.

    Healthy Meals

    We successfully prepare and serve delicious, nourishing, and free meals and snacks to hundreds of children each year throughout Marin County. Our Central Kitchen ensures that all children in our Children and Family Services program have the right nutrition to get their brains and bodies working and ready to learn every day!