Who we are and what we do

Milk Crate Kitchen was started in April of 2020.

Michael Casper was sitting at home, on a plastic milk crate, trying to figure out what was going to happen next.  Not knowing what was happening in the early stages of the pandemic, with many of us struggling and disappointed with what was happening, all while people were losing jobs, and everyone was coming to grips with not being able to find toilet paper. His plans to travel through South East Asia had been cancelled, and with his job recently laid him off, he wanted to do something to help the community, but didn't know what.  

"If you don't know what to do, do what you know"

Taking the knowledge and experience that he has learned being a chef in Portland, and his desire to help, he set out to provide "a night of not having to cook" for a few families. At that time, restaurants weren't open, so people were relying on what the grocery stores had available, and his thought was, "if I can provide a night off from worrying about dinner, maybe it could give people a sense of normalcy."

The second week the numbers doubled, and soon climbed increasingly higher with each week, peaking at 52 families in one week. Since then he has supplied almost 800 family meals, each at zero cost to them, in and around the Portland area. Each meal feeds 4. Chef makes sure every dollar we receive is put to the absolute best use, feeding each family for less than $9.  Consider supporting us today!