Dorothy's Kitchen


[mailing: Dorothy's Place, PO Box 2027, Salinas, CA 93902-2027  physical address: 30 Soledad St, Salinas, CA 93901]

They were invisible, but boy, did they do some damage. Last week, we discovered that hidden plumbing leaks had ruined the floors in our kitchen and dining room to the point of compromising safety. Those floors have to be replaced, and the plumbing fixed.

And sadly, when the floor came up, we discovered that our 20+ year-old walk-in refrigerator was also damaged and had to be replaced - to the tune of $30,000. 

The stove, ovens and walk-in cooler now removed.

Meanwhile we MUST keep serving meals, even while we can't cook, refrigerate, or wash dishes. Many of our wonderful volunteers are already shouldering our burden, bringing ingredients for sandwiches and even hot food!

Can you help? We know that in the wake of the terrible disaster at Food Bank for Monterey County, many who support their vital work cannot also help us now, still, we must ask for any gift you can give. We are so grateful that even as they are struggling to rebuild their warehouse, the Food Bank has continued to provide what they can for our meal service and for St. Clare's Corner - thank you, Food Bank!

Here's how you can help: 

  • A donation of disposable dinnerware will make a very big difference! You can drop it off at Dorothy's Place at 30 Soledad Street, Salinas, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • You can donate sandwich makings - lunchmeat, sliced cheese, mayo, peanut butter & jelly. We have plenty of bread, thank goodness.
  • ​You can donate money, which will help us pay for plumbing repairs (the good news is that our insurance will pay for the floors) and for the new cooler. You can mail us a check at the address below, or donate online at

​Franciscan Workers, PO Box 2027, Salinas, CA 93902-2027.

You can also donate online by tapping the DONATE button above.




Dorothy’s Kitchen, founded with the desire that all people who are hungry in our community should come and eat, Dorothy’s Kitchen meets the urgent and fundamental need for food in an atmosphere of hospitality and care.

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