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Jen Hidinger-Kendrick: Giving Kitchen

Helping food service workers.

Today we’re sitting down with Jen Hidinger- Kendrick, co-founder of the non-profit Giving Kitchen. The story of Giving Kitchen’s beginnings is one of community, compassion and the best of humanity. When Jen’s late husband, Ryan, was diagnosed with terminal cancer back in 2012 the response and outpouring of love from friends within the restaurant community kick started something special.

Nine years later, Jen and the team at Giving Kitchen are dedicated to providing emergency assistance to food service workers through financial support and a network of community resources. In the words of Jen, “While Giving Kitchen’s story started with the fight to save one life, now our story is the fight to serve thousands.”

To learn more about Giving Kitchen and the resources they offer or to make a donation head to You can also follow the team for updates on Instagram @givingkitchen.


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