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The Chattanooga Community Kitchen opened as a feeding program in 1982 when seven downtown churches partnered together in an effort to better meet the needs of Chattanooga’s growing homeless population. Since then, we have expanded to cover a city block, providing food and supportive services to the homeless and needy of Chattanooga seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Our mission is to meet the most basic needs of hungry, homeless and vulnerable people in our community while offering a clear path to self-sufficiency. 

We will do what we can to help meet your needs, to enable you, the man, woman, or child experiencing homelessness, to succeed. Through all of the services we offer, we seek to satisfy the spiritual and physical hunger of those we serve. There are no fees or requirements for receiving our services. Instead, we provide them out of compassion and love for mankind as we strive to fill gaps in the lives of men, women and children. 

Find out more about our history here.


The services at the Community Kitchen are many. Life’s basic necessities are often overlooked when they are available. Imagine being homeless. Imagine looking for work, but having no address or telephone number to place on your job application. Imagine having nowhere to bathe, or heading to a job interview with no clean shirts. The Community Kitchen is here to help with these basic needs and more.

To begin with, we’ll feed you. Then we can offer a shower, some clothing, a place to sit for a moment.

Once settled, our day center folks can direct you to the next step of services.

If you need a job, we can help.  If you need healthcare, substance abuse treatment or mental health case management, the Homeless Health Care Center is directly across the street. If you need Veteran’s Assistance, Food Stamps, or Social Security, we have representatives who come to us to help you enroll in their programs. 

If you need a toothbrush, we can give it to you.

And, of course, housing - the core of our work is self-sufficiency, and housing, as soon as possible, is key.

If you need help, find out more about our programs here.  If you want to get involved, or learn more about how you might get involved, click here.