Creating Opportunity in Hazelwood:
Jennifer Flanagan, Community Kitchen Pittsburgh
With a background as an analyst for the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, a social innovation accelerator, and chief business and program officer for Springboard Kitchens, Jennifer Flanagan was well suited to found Community Kitchen Pittsburgh (CKP) in 2013. The company came about, she says, after identifying “both a need and an opportunity to work within the regional system to increase access to high quality healthy food and living-wage jobs, and [the realization] that the two goals could be closely integrated.”
After only four years of operation, CKP has 11 board members, 22 staff, and, most significantly, has processed and delivered two million meals, catered hundreds of events, educated 3,000 students about healthy eating, and trained 175 individuals with a job placement rate in the 90th percentile, giving many a second chance at productivity and success, following addiction, incarceration, and other life challenges.