Kitchen on the Street is a faith based non-profit organization, earning 501c3 status in 2007; Tax Id 20-5723799, and is a qualifying charity for the “Work Poor Tax Credit” through the state of Arizona. The mission: Turning hunger into hope…one child at a time.
Kitchen on the Street (KOS AZ) began serving the community in 2007 when the Scarpinato family learned about the prevalence of food insecurity in local Arizona children. Hearing that thousands of children that received breakfast and lunch at school but were going hungry on weekends compelled Vince, Lisa and Taylor Scarpinato to found Kitchen on the Street as a means of bringing food and hope to children in need. In 2007 Kitchen on the Street was limited to one program to serve the hungry children of Phoenix, a food backpack program providing shelf stable meals and snacks to food insecure children. As a volunteer driven faith based non-profit organization, KOS relies on the community to meet the needs of the hungry and hurting. Thanks to the generosity of individuals, business owners and corporations in providing faithful volunteers and provisional funding, various programs are available throughout Arizona and in 2011 the Bags of Hope program began in San Antonio, Texas.
Kitchen on the Street’s Board of Directors is comprised of advocates with the mission of turning hunger into hope…one child at a time. Each advocate adheres to Kitchen on the Street’s Statement of Faith as a commitment to “love our neighbor as ourselves”. We share our statement of faith in order to provide transparency on the guiding principles of the leadership of Kitchen on the Street, but do not require that volunteers adhere to these principles prior to serving at Kitchen on the Street.
While these statements are indicative of a religious faith, Kitchen on the Street does not discriminate or withhold services from anyone; no matter their faith, age, color, sexual orientation, or otherwise.