This week Hope the Mission opened a regional state-of-the art kitchen in the community of North Hills in the San Fernando Valley that is capable of producing 5 million meals for the poor each year. On Thursday, Feb. 8, the organization gave thanks to donors Richard and Michelle Gallagher who helped make it happen with a $2.1 million donation.

Following a ribbon-cutting, Hope the Mission’s new head chef, Jason Moniz, led tours of the facility along with Hope the Mission’s founder and CEO Ken Craft. They were accompanied by former state Sen. Bob Hertzberg, Los Angeles City Council President Paul Krekorian, and L.A. city councilmembers Bob Blumenfield and John Lee.

Hope the Mission is known for operating a broad mix of more than 30 facilities in California, including tiny home villages, shelters, and thrift stores statewide, focused on a “housing first” model that targets poverty, hunger, and homelessness by “pursuing immediate assistance and long-term solutions.”


The new kitchen will offer culinary training that is expected to help homeless individuals find jobs in the growing food service industry. The culinary arts program will train homeless trainees “in the art of food services and equip them with culinary skills, creating a path to employment, self-sufficiency, and renewed hope for a brighter future,” Hope the Mission leaders said in a written statement.

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