2017 Partner Agency Conference
Mission Impactful - Beyond the Meals
Keynote Speaker: John Tumino
As a Syracuse native, John Tumino spent ten years as a chef at Asti, the popular north side restaurant he owned. Now he cooks for a different cause. In 2011, John and his wife Leigh Ann founded the not-for-profit organization In My Father’s Kitchen (IMFK), a faith-based organization offering non-denominational and non-discriminatory assistance to Syracuse’s homeless and refugee communities through direct street outreach. Using food as a vehicle for trust, IMFK aims to change lives by helping those who feel they are invisible know that they are seen and their lives have value.
Twice a week, John and Leigh Ann deliver restaurant quality lunches to a hard-to-reach group of homeless people in the city of Syracuse. They are building relationships with those chronically homeless individuals who have thus far not been reached through traditional means like government funded programs or social workers.
IMFK consistently and compassionately provides quality food and basic necessities to homeless people where they live on the streets. When they are ready, IMFK helps those individuals “come inside” by connecting them with community and local government agencies that can assist them in securing housing and reaching self sufficiency.
Since its inception six years ago, IMFK has helped 61 people get off the streets and into secure housing. With a strong core of 60 volunteers, In My Father’s Kitchen continues to build hope and help change lives.