Special Exception Approved for Non-Profit to Help the Starving


ELKHART, Indiana (WNDU) – Susanna’s Kitchen will continue to feed the hungry in our community.

The Elkhart Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) approved a special exception during a meeting Thursday.

“Relief. The fact that we’ve been moving in for three months and we can’t serve our people…” said Susanna’s Kitchen chairman Dale McDowell.

“I hope that we can convey to them that the people we serve are ordinary people. I hope they understand that they need help now,” said Susanna’s Kitchen chef Judie Hyatte-Howie.

Susanna’s Kitchen served nearly 100 meals a day in a church, but after the church building was sold they moved to the Elkhart Knights of Columbus.

The city said the nonprofit requires a fats, oils and greases (FOG) permit and a zoning permit before serving meals.

“We knew from the start that this would be an interim solution. We also knew that Susanna’s Kitchen had expressed interest in their organization being closer to the neighborhood than they were before. They know the people they serve. You know her very well. They are also looking for that permanent location,” said Communications Director Corinne Straight.

The nonprofit will use the Knights of Columbus building through the end of June.

Meanwhile, the city is working with Susanna’s Kitchen to find a permanent home.

The nonprofit hopes to start serving meals next week.

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