Central Kitchen

  • Overview

    Serving 175,000+ healthy meals and snacks a year to Marin’s children.

    At Community Action Marin’s Central Kitchen, we prepare daily breakfast, lunch and snack for the children participating in all of our Head Start and Child Development Programs, serving 175,000 healthy meals and snacks a year to over 800 children.  Located in the heart of San Rafael, this commercial kitchen enables us to meet critical nutritional needs for the children in our programs, and provides a vital space for select local business owners to operate small food service business.

    We are now developing plans to expand this program with more vocational training opportunities for in-demand hospitality and food service jobs, and more robust connections to our Children and Family Services to capitalize on the fresh ingredients grown in our school gardens, and educate children about healthy eating and sustainable living.

    Food Service

    Food Service

    The Central Kitchen prepares and delivers tasty, nutritious and culturally appropriate breakfast, lunch and snacks for over 800 children in 33 classrooms throughout Marin County.  For many children, it is a primary reliable source of daily nutrition.

    Space Rental

    Space Rental

    The Central Kitchen is a 2,000 square foot commercial kitchen, one of only a few in Marin County,  When not in use for our programs, we rent space to businesses and nonprofits that need a commercial kitchen. We also serve as the commissary for local food trucks. We welcome inquiries. Email us.

    central kitchen, by the numbers

    13.5%
    Percentage of Marin residents who experience food insecurity
    3
    Our kitchen feeds children who live in southern Novato, eastern San Rafael, and Marin City, three locations where there are food deserts
    10K
    Number of children who live in food insecure households
    • I’m proud that through my work, the children eat better and become more healthy, so they are able to learn better every day. 
    Jose Rodriguez > Kitchen Manager
  • Program Details

    We successfully prepared and served over 500,000 delicious, nourishing, and free meals and snacks to over 700 children throughout Marin County. Our Central Kitchen ensures that children in our Children’s Services programs, including Child Development and Head Start / Early Head Start, have the right nutrition to get their brains and bodies working and ready to learn every day!

    Central Kitchen

    Community Action Marin’s “Central Kitchen” is where all of the meals for our child development programs are prepared each day. Located in San Rafael, the kitchen prepares breakfast, lunch and snacks for over 700 children in over thirty classrooms throughout Marin County.

  • Locations
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    • Central Kitchen
    • Headquarters

    4308 Redwood Highway, San Rafael, CA, USA

  • FAQ

    Do you rent space out of the kitchen?

    Yes, we are able to rent space to others for businesses or nonprofits that need a commercial kitchen. We also serve as the commissary for local food trucks and welcome inquiries. If interested, please send an email to lhill@camarin.org

    Are your meals organic?

    We are not currently able to guarantee that our food is organic as we source locally from the SF-Marin Food Bank and other vendors to meet quality and freshness standards. We are looking into the ability to provide organic meals to our children.

    Do meals reflect the cultural needs of children in your program?

    Yes, we regularly produce menus that reflect the diversity of children in our programs and are increasing our ability to do more.

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