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Foothill Unity’s Unhoused Choice Kitchen Opens

Foothill Unity Center’s unhoused choice kitchen, which is named after Florence Kovacic, celebrated its ribbon-cutting ceremony in May.

At the event, Kovacic, who recently turned 100 years old, did the honor of cutting the ribbon.

Last November, Kovacic’s family and friends chose the name for the unhoused choice kitchen: Florence’s Kitchen, located on the first floor of the Monrovia site.

Forence’s Kitchen is used primarily by program staff to distribute additional food and nonfood items to unhoused community members.

The original kitchen dated back to the 1970s, with orange cabinets and older appliances, many of which were not operational. With the support of the Ahmanson Foundation, the center was able to remodel the entire kitchen and purchase state-of-the-art appliances.

The capital campaign is launching the new “Leave your Mark” campaign, which is focusing on naming the remaining nine rooms that are still available to purchase. The center is $999,999 away from owning the building outright. To inquire about the naming opportunities, or to learn more about the capital campaign and schedule a tour, contact: Julie Swayze at, or call (626) 358-3486, ext. 204.

First published in the June 15 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

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