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Why We Do What We Do

As our programs demonstrate, creating connections at all levels is central to our mission.  Part of the inspiration for re-opening Aunt Chubby’s Luncheonette was to provide a space to build relationships within the community, and the nonprofit was formed with an intent to give back to the community through food, education, and connection.  When the pandemic began in 2020, and the restaurant closed to the public, it became clear that our mission was more relevant than ever.  With Calvary Baptist as our fiscal sponsor we began fundraising and the lunch program and food pantry quickly became a reality.  


The motivation of The Chubby’s Project is to nurture the mind, body and spirit of our community.  Our volunteers not only deliver meals to hungry people, but provide conversation and genuine human connection for those we serve. In addition to delivering hot meals, our goal is to understand the unique needs of individuals and families and work together to provide them with the support they may require.

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Our goal is a full circle of giving and receiving.  Volunteers build meaningful relationships with lunch recipients, which nurtures both parties in this time of social distance.  Donors know that their dollars have a direct, local impact.  Restaurant workers at Chubby’s Luncheonette remain employed.  Customers at the Luncheonette learn about the Chubby’s Project and grow into volunteers or donors.  By building these individual connections, our whole community becomes stronger and closer.


Image by Nina Strehl
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