April 5, 2016

Our Story


It all started about a year ago in a church office on Kansas City’s northeast side. A priest became frustrated that his hard-working, predominantly Hispanic congregation couldn’t find jobs that paid a living wage. He knew something had to change to break this cycle poverty. So he called Becky Gripp, and The Tamale Kitchen was born soon after.

Today, six women and one man turn their love for a cultural tradition into great-tasting tamales that generate revenue, create jobs and provide new opportunities for the next generation. They work with a team of entrepreneurial partners across Kansas City who are committed to making a difference by providing mentorship and help to keep costs low.

And they count on people like you who just like to eat darn good tamales.

Every tamale you buy from The Tamale Project helps grow the enterprise — and put an end to poverty in a community. Support the cause.