Chattanooga Community Kitchen opens cold weather shelter

The Community Kitchen is located off East 11th Street in downtown Chattanooga.

How to help

The Chattanooga Community Kitchen is accepting donations of warm weather gear to share with the local homeless population. Coats, hand warmers, socks, underwear, gloves and hats are needed. Items can be dropped off Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 727 E. 11th St.To contribute to the 2017 Fast Day campaign go to www.community-kitchen.org.

The Chattanooga Community Kitchen has opened its cold weather warming shelter and is working to protect the area's vulnerable homeless population as below freezing temperatures continue to chill the city this week.

Since the cold weather shelter opened on Dec. 6, a week earlier than planned, around 80 people have slept inside the Community Kitchen on mats with blankets each night, said Jens Christensen, chief executive officer at the Community Kitchen.

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