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News About Knead Community Café

Knead Community Café is a registered 501(c) (3) charitable organization

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November 24, 2020

New Fall and Winter Menu!

October 27, 2020

Our New News!!!

October 22, 2020

Wondering what's been going on at Knead Community Cafe? Check out our online newsletter!

Critical Needs Alert

August 19, 2020

We would like to thank all who donated on our behalf to the #ONEDAY giving campaign. Because of their combined generosity, we were able to raise nearly $16,000 to benefit Knead Community Cafe. We also want to say a big thank you to all those who stopped by the cafe and supported us yesterday by paying it forward with their donations. Most of all we thank you for your prayers for our campaign.

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New Kensington’s pay-what-you-can Knead Cafe buoyed by donations

May 13, 2020

The Knead cafe near Barnes and 10th streets has remained open for takeout since Pennsylvania’s shutdown began in mid-March, but business has been quite slow, according to Kevin Bode.

“We’ve decided to keep open as long as we can,” said Bode.

By Natasha Lindstrom

New Kensington minister remembered for his concern for people

May 13, 2020

The Rev. Lovie Scott is being remembered as a man who cared about and inspired people and who worked to help them get jobs....

By: Brian Rittmeyer

PENGUINS CHARITY Letang Donates To Students Food Relief & Knead Community Cafe

May 11, 2020

Published on May 8, 2020

By Dan Kingerski 

Y108 Interviews Mary Bode

May 07, 2020

 The KNEAD Community Cafe In New Kensington Is Helping To Pay It Forward​

Talk about helping hands, the KNEAD Community Cafe in New Kensington is not only leading helping hands, but they are helping to pay it forward. Not only are the doors open to those that are in need of a meal every Thursday night, but they are also open to those who are looking to volunteer for a meal or simply willing to pay it forward to someone else that are in need. Listen to what Mary Bode from the KNEAD Community Cafe had to say about the unique cafe.

Business Card Raffle

March 01, 2020

Congratulations Jayme Brymn, Pa Dept of Human Services -

Our February Business card raffle winner.
Drop your business card off while buying lunch to enter to win a $10.00 Token. Winners are drawn monthly.

New Kensington’s ‘Pay What You Can Restaurant’ Is Filling A Need In The Community.

February 13, 2020

By Brenda Waters February 13, 2020 at 6:31 pm

Filed Under:Brenda WatersKnead Community CafeLocal TVNew KensingtonWestmoreland County

Our gratitude to Brenda Waters for sharing our story!

The Special Way this Cafe Feeds its Community.

October 24, 2019

Our thanks to 2019 Give Pittsburgh issue of Pittsburgh Magazine.

Thanks so much for featuring Knead Community Café in this way. This article appears in the November 2019 issue, click to read article in its entirety.
The Special Way this Cafe Feeds its Community.

By  Lauren DavidsonPhotos by Erin Kelly

A New New Kensington

August 18, 2019

With buy-in from elected officials, funding from Bridgeway Capital — and a lot of hard work — a postindustrial town outside Pittsburgh sees new life.


Couple’s effort grows New Kensington’s sense of community: Michael DiVittorio

June 24, 2019

New Kensington couple Kevin and Mary Bode have traveled the world on Christian mission trips, and discovered one of the best ways to help people is to fulfill a need at home.

Knead Comunity Café Spring 2019 Newsletter!

May 15, 2019

See what's new and happening at Knead Community Café!

Pittsburgh Foundation ONEDAY of Giving CBS

May 07, 2019

Pittsburgh Today Live:

Pittsburgh Foundation One Day Giving:

Knead Community Café

Pittsburgh Foundation highlights Knead Community Café as one of the recipients of their #ONEDAY CRITICAL NEEDS event.

Held on May 6, 2019, this interview by PTL features Phil Koch of the Pittsburgh Foundation and Mary Bode of Knead Community Café. Many thanks to all who contributed in any way to the #ONEDAY CRITICAL NEEDS event.


2nd Anniversary Article written by Brian O'Neill

February 24, 2019

Pay what you can at the Knead Cafe


Photos by Michael M. Santiago/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Feb 24, 2019

'Elf pancakes' featured at Knead Community Cafe's annual Breakfast with Santa in New Kensington

December 03, 2018

BRIAN C. RITTMEYER | Saturday, Dec. 2018, 3:27 p.m.

Elf pancakes were a highlight of the menu

Saturday for Knead Community Cafe’s second annual Breakfast with Santa.

Click button or picture to read article.

GODSTORY - Cornerstone Television video featuring Kevin and Mary Bode and Knead Communty Café

November 01, 2018

Read All About It! Our Knead Community Café Fall 2018 Newsletter!

September 17, 2018


Wine and Beer fest will end with dessert at Knead Community Café!

September 14, 2018

Friday, September 14.  6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Tickets for the alcohol tasting are $20 a piece, but residents are encouraged to come out and enjoy the other vendors and entertainment for free.

“If you’re not a wine drinker or beer drinker or don’t drink, we still want you to be able to take part in the event,” said Lynda Pozzuto, the chamber’s executive director.

These businesses will be participating in the tasting: Federal Distilling, Bushy Run Winery, Deer Creek Winery, Wooden Door Winery, Country Winery, Courtyard Winery, Penn Brewery, D.R. Distillery and Pittsburgh Brewing Co.

Food trucks will be available for dinner purchase as well.

The event will begin at Penn State New Kensington’s entrepreneurial center and end at Knead Community Cafe.

Coffee and Dessert will be available at Knead for a small fee.

Emily Balser is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Emily at 724-226-4680, or via Twitter @emilybalser.

Giving back produces a paycheck for New Kensington man

August 20, 2018

Bruce Dowell, friend of Knead Cafe, was interviewed recently by MADASYN CZEBINIAK. Please click the picture, it is a link the article. 

New Kensington pleased to share its revitalization efforts with Sen. Bob Casey

August 08, 2018

Article and video of Bob Casey's visit to New Kensington August 8 2018.

Casey said it’s exciting that New Kensington isn’t just focusing on the future, but also on innovation, which is something Pennsylvania is known for.

“The focus on innovation, the focus on bringing the skills and the talent of this community and of this region, to one place or to a number of places here in New Kensington is really inspiring,” he said. “I hope we can continue to work together.”

(Pictured, Sen. Bob Casey, Kevin Bode [co-founder Knead Community Cafe], New Kensington Mayor Tom Guzzo and New Kensington City Clerk Dennis Scarpiniti)

Madasyn Czebiniak is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Madasyn at 724-226-4702,, or via Twitter @maddyczebstrib.

New Patio Seating Now Open!

June 06, 2018

Our beautiful patio seating is now open. Stop in for lunch and sit outside, enjoying summer sunshine and our lovely, spacious patio. 

Chronicle: Project Hunger

May 29, 2018

Sally Wiggin story which aired in May features Knead Community Café! 

Breaking Bread Monthly Dinner

May 18, 2018

Knead Community Cafe hosts free community dinner for 175.


Our June breaking Bread Monthly Dinner will be sponsored by Pittsburgh Oral Surgery.

When:    Thursday, June 21, 2018 serving from 5-6pm

Where:   Banquet Hall at Knead Community Cafe

1011 Barnes Street New Kensington, Pa 15068 (adjacent to cafe)

Who:      All neighbors and friends

Thank you, Pittsburgh Oral Surgery!

Anyone wishing to volunteer at a future Breaking Bread Dinner should contact Wendy at

If you would like to Sponsor a Breaking Bread dinner call Marcie at 878-302-3270.

April 2018 Newsletter

April 09, 2018

Check out our April Newsletter Vol 2 / Issue 1.

News Coverage of Outstanding Community Service Award Presentation!

March 22, 2018

Click on link to watch News Coverage of Check Presentation!

Kevin Bode and Knead Community Café Awarded the Northwestern Mutual Most Exceptional Community Service Award

January 05, 2018

This video is part of the award given to Kevin Bode for Most Exceptional Community Service.  A film crew came to the café to try and capture the essence of what is happening here at Knead Community Café. 

Knead Newsletter

September 28, 2017

See what's happening at Knead Community Café!

Knead Newsletter

April 01, 2017

We have just marked our second month of café operations and are happy to be

giving you a progress update.

Washington Post Article

January 23, 2017

‘There’s a dignity to this place’: Inside the world of pay-what-you-can restaurants

WESA FM / NPR Radio Interview

November 26, 2016

The Catholic Accent

October 21, 2016

Filling The Knead In New Kensington

By: Maria Guzzo

North Hills Magazine Article

October 01, 2016

First Western PA Pay-What-You-Can Café to Open in New Kensington

By: Erica Cebzanov

Pittsburgh Magazine Article

June 20, 2016

First ‘Pay-What-You-Can’ Restaurant to Open in Southwestern Pennsylvania - A New Kensington married couple are aiming to bring a sense of community back to their beloved town with the non-profit Knead Community Café.

by Katerina Procyk

Much Kneaded Boost Article By Tribune Review

April 30, 2016

This article was printed by the Trib just after the purchase of the former Sons of Italy property introducing Knead to New Kensington.

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