Asbury’s Partnership with Open Heart Kitchen

Open Heart Kitchen is on the Asbury campus on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays to serve a meal to all in need.
Recently, the Board of Trustees raised concerns, aware of wear and tear on our campus. In December, we held a campus meeting and identified the key issues. In that meeting we affirmed we want to continue our partnership with OHK. And we want to address issues of concern.

Since then, a task force of Asbury members (Kelly Gully, Terri Gamble, Ellen Peete and Pastor Kim) have met with Open Heart Kitchen staff members to address the concerns. We have made notable progress!

Open Heart Kitchen sends an extra staff member to Asbury after OHK has stopped serving for the day. He makes sure all diners have left campus, the kitchen looks clean, and the garbage is all taken care of. In addition, OHK has agreed to do pay for one additional deep cleaning of our kitchen. (We now do 4 a year.)

We have designed guidelines for all our volunteers, as well as for OHK diners, so that expectations are clearly communicated. Consequences for not following our guidelines are clearly stated. We enforce those guidelines by keeping a daily activity log; inappropriate behavior and the consequences are recorded there.
Asbury now has a kitchen monitor, Jean Farmer, who regularly inspects the kitchen. She alerts us to any areas that need extra cleaning. Thank you, Jean!
Asbury and OHK staff are alert to dogs on campus, and if a dog is barking excessively, the owner and the dog are asked to leave.

We value Open Heart Kitchen and all that they do for our community. We look forward to a continued partnership!

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