Warwick Community Kitchen Monthly Newsletter.
Warwick Community Kitchen


Started by Victoria Garloch in November 2011 as a Girl Scout Gold Award Project and as a Mission of Vision Community Church, the WCK offers monthly dinners to everyone in the community.

2012 Dinners

Our January dinner was sponsored by the Warwick Junior Ambulance Corps.  February was sponsored by the Youth Group of the Warwick United Methodist Church.  March was sponsored by the Interact Club of the Warwick Valley High School and the Warwick Rotary Club.  April was sponsored by Lora McDonald and members of the Warwick Community.  May was sponsored by Vicky of Headlines Salon in Florida, New York, along with her family and friends.  June was sponsored by the Acute Care and Inpatient Rehabilitation Departments of Orange Regional Medical Center.  July was sponsored by members of Vision Community Church and the WCK.

August 2012 Newsletter

Where we have been.

Where we are.

Where we are going.

This is hopefully the first of many newsletters to come for the Warwick Community Kitchen.  Thank you to everyone who has taken this journey with us. 

Where We Have Been

Our first dinner on November 18, 2011, served spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread and dessert to 58 guests. 


Since the December Toy Drive was such a hit Victoria decided to try to provide an activity for the children to do at each month's dinner.  April was very popular with our "After Easter Egg Hunt".  In May the children made felt flower napkin holders for their moms.  In June they made bookmarks for their dads.  In July the children had a ball toss contest.  Fun was had by all.

December 2011 Dinner

Our December 23, 2011 dinner welcomed 98 guests.  Victoria decided to hold a toy drive and invited Santa to come and deliver these gifts to all of the children.  With the help of 50 plus volunteers we served Turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, salad, bread and dessert.  With the help of the community, every child went home with a gift for Christmas.  Victoria's sister, Rebecca, told us a story about that night.  Rebecca was talking with a little girl who had come for dinner.  She had told Rebecca that her mommy had said that Santa would not be visiting their house this Christmas.  Rebecca, trying to instill hope, told the little girl that Santa would be bringing her something.  The little girl said that her mommy told her that Santa just did not have time to come.  When Santa arrived at the dinner, Rebecca said that the little girl started crying and ran up to get her gift.  Now that is what Christmas is all about!
The Warwick Community Kitchen relies on sponsors, volunteers and donations in order to provide free meals to anyone who would like them.  Our partnership with Vision Community Church provides the WCK with a kitchen to cook the food in and the space to hold the dinners.  If you are a member of a group that would like to sponsor a dinner or an individual that would like to volunteer or make a donation, please click on the following link, scroll down past the "Needs" list and fill out and then submit the interest form.  http://warwickcommunitykitchen.weebly.com/donations-and-volunteering.html

Where We Are

We are currently preparing for our August 19, dinner.  This dinner will be sponsored by members of Warwick Assembly of God.  Our menu consists of Beef Tacos with all of the fixings, Rice and Black Beans and Strawberry Shortcake for dessert.  We will be visited by Kizzi T. Clown who will be making balloon figures for the children.  The dinner is a continuous seating from 4:00-6:00.

Thanks to generous donations from many individuals and organizations, we were able to purchase a new refrigerator and freezer which is much more energy efficient then the ones that the Warwick Valley Central School District were so gracious to let us use.  

Clothing Closet

The members of Vision Community Church decided to collect blankets and coats to offer at the first dinner.  Victoria ran with that idea and it expanded to clothing, coats, shoes, blankets, books, toys, toiletries and home goods.  Out of that the Clothing Closet was born.  Run by members of Vision Church, they are open on Thursday 10:00-1:00, Saturday 10:00-1:00, Sunday 11:30-1:00 and during every WCK dinner.  The items of the Clothing Closet are free of charge.  In an effort to support this ministry, Vision Church has also opened the Cedar Chest, a thrift store where designer brand items can be purchased.  The Cedar Chest is open at the same time as the Clothing Closet but not during the WCK dinners.

Where We Are Going

We are looking to expand the Team/Board of the Warwick Community Kitchen in the positions of Fundraising/Event Coordinator, Sponsor/Donation Recruiter, Public Relations Coordinator and additional Chefs.  The Fundraising/Event Coordinator will coordinate fundraisers and events for the WCK.  They will have the help of other volunteers.  The Sponsor/Donation Recruiter will seek and secure sponsors for each dinner as well as seek and secure monetary and needed item donations.  The Public Relations Coordinator will reach out to members of the Community and make them aware of the dinners.  We are looking to increase attendance within our Senior Citizen population as well as make sure that the information about the dinners has been shared with the farm workers at each of the work camps.  We need additional chefs not only to assist our current chef but also to increase the number of dinners held each month.

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