The Giving Plate opened its doors in April 2010 through the efforts of Gary & Debra Kelso. Their passion was to serve the community during a poor economic time where many were struggling to make ends meet. Initially they thought helping 500 families have food on their table would be amazing, but within months from opening they had registered that 500th family and they began to realize the need was much bigger than they ever imagined. The community need for food continued to rise at an astounding rate and has not let up. We purpose to serve with compassion and hospitality removing the clinical experience of entering a food bank.