Toni’s Kitchen, a food ministry of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Montclair, marked four decades of assisting the hungry with a celebration on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Woman’s Club of Upper Montclair.
Jim Axelrod, chief investigative correspondent for CBS News, spoke at the event, which included dinner and dancing. Music for the evening was provided by Jon Luks and the Jive Dukes, The Passing Notes and Ritesh Patel/DJ Ritters.
Toni’s Kitchen was founded in 1982, when Antoinette “Toni” Green began serving meals to those without housing, and has grown ever since.
“Toni’s has always been a reflection of the generosity of this very special community,” said Anne Mernin, executive director of Toni’s Kitchen. “We would never have had the impact of 40 years of service without the many, many donors and volunteers who have made this possible.”
Toni’s Kitchen also announced a matching grant from John and Susan Eckert, longtime volunteers and supporters of Toni’s Kitchen. The matching donation will be used to support the Growth for Good space expansion project. All donations received by Toni’s Kitchen from Oct. 4 through Oct. 16 will be matched, up to a total match of $75,000.