Kiths Integrated and Targeted Human Services

Kiths Integrated and Targeted Human Services

KITHS is a community-based organization providing Cambodian refugees and other Southeast Asian immigrants with social services vital to their livelihood. Because of the cultural and language limitations, immigrants and refugees often struggle with financial instability, experience food insecurity, and are not able to explore opportunities that would enhance their livelihood.

Kiths Integrated and Targeted Human Services

KITHS is a community-based organization providing Cambodian refugees and other Southeast Asian immigrants with social services vital to their livelihood. Because of the cultural and language limitations, immigrants and refugees often struggle with financial instability, experience food insecurity, and are not able to explore opportunities that would enhance their livelihood. Therefore, KITHS supports Southeast Asian immigrants and refugees with navigating larger systems such as local, state, and federal public programs (i.e., SNAP, Medicaid, Community Health Choices, etc.), the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, and Social Security Administration, that are often not accessible by individuals with limited English language proficiency.

About the Organization:

KITHS is a community-based organization providing Cambodian refugees and other Southeast Asian immigrants with social services vital to their livelihood. Because of the cultural and language limitations, immigrants and refugees often struggle with financial instability, experience food insecurity, and are not able to explore opportunities that would enhance their livelihood. Therefore, KITHS supports Southeast Asian immigrants and refugees with navigating larger systems such as local, state, and federal public programs (i.e., SNAP, Medicaid, Community Health Choices, etc.), the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, and Social Security Administration, that are often not accessible by individuals with limited English language proficiency.

organizational budget

$100,000 - $500,000

existence for

6-10 YEARS

The Issue:

KITHS shifted its focus in March 2020 to address concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cultural and language barriers led to difficulty accessing information and resources essential to respond to the pandemic. The pandemic further exacerbated the experiences of food insecurity among Cambodian refugees and other Southeast Asian immigrants in the Olney-Logan neighborhoods. Existing food distribution sites provided by the city were not accessible, due to cultural and language barriers.

The Solution:

KITHS’ Kitchen is a program that addresses the experiences of food insecurity among Cambodian refugees and other Southeast Asian immigrants. This program offers a culturally accessible stock pantry, supplied with food items reflecting of what Cambodian refugees and Southeast Asians normally consume, such as rice, noodles, seafood-based staples (e.g., fish sauce, oyster sauce, etc.). Food items (e.g., cheese, milk, hot dog, etc.) distributed at City supported sites are foreign to our communities. This program also provides education on nutrition and ensures that eligible individuals can obtain and maintain access to food benefits such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). Moreover, this program takes a food justice approach by supporting community members in growing their own foods to help ease the burden of limited access.

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