Commercially licensed and affordable kitchen space is a great need among Cleveland community members and food businesses. During Mayor Jackson’s first Sustainable Cleveland 2019 Summit, a community kitchen working group began to conceptualize plans to bring a shared commercial kitchen facility to Cleveland. Ohio City Incorporated became involved due to the high concentration of existing food businesses in the neighborhood and aligned kitchen plans with the Ohio City Fresh Food Collaborative Initiative which includes the Ohio City Farm and Farm Stand. Ohio City Inc. served as the fiscal agent to complete a feasibility study and pre-development process for a kitchen, funded by Neighborhood Progress Incorporated, The George Gund Foundation and Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition and The Ohio State University Extension have worked with community partners like Ohio City Inc. throughout this process in their efforts to create new opportunities for entrepreneurs in the local food economy.
To learn more about the projects that will continue the cause of increasing access to affordable kitchen space in Cleveland visit the Community Kitchen Incubator Working Group page here.