May 31, 2016
BENEFITING: Farm Fresh Rhode Island
EVENT DATE: Aug 01, 2016
Farm Fresh Rhode Island's Harvest Kitchen project will be opening a new commercial kitchen and retail space in downtown Pawtucket in 2016. This exciting project is in partnership with Pawtucket Central Falls Development, and will be located on the first floor of 2 Bayley St (the corner of Main St and Bailey St). The building is a mixed-use development that offers safe and affordable housing. This new retail market project will respond to the critical need in Pawtucket and Central Falls to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables for populations affected by health disparities.
To make the operation of Harvest Kitchen in the new space a reality, we're asking for your support to reach our fundraising goal by August 1. Donations are tax deductible.
Your donation will be used to:
Offer additional programming
Harvest Kitchen trainees are youth ages 16-20 from DCYF's Juvenile Corrections Services and those aging out of the foster care system.
Cover moving expenses
The kitchen crew is excited to move into the new space—on the corner of Main St & Bayley St in Pawtucket—later this summer!
Outfit the kitchen & the trainees
The trainees need critical cooking supplies like pots, pans, bowls and utensils. And aprons/uniforms will help trainees and their customers take pride in this exciting undertaking!
Equip the retail & event areas
Pawtucket Central Falls Development has transformed the space beautifully. Now it needs things like shelves, displays, signs and menus.
The new retail space will offer the community fresh, tasty food for dine in and/or take out.
Provide building materials for tables
The young people at Youthbuild Providence are building tables for the retail space as their summer project! Some materials have been donated, but more are needed.
Enable learning through multimedia
With a projector and screen, educational videos can accompany cooking demos, and the event space can host community movie nights!
Want to know more?
Currently Harvest Kitchen operates at the RI Training School juvenile detention facility as well as a commercial kitchen leased in Pawtucket. Through the combined efforts of these two locations, the program reaches over 40 youth per year in intense, hands-on training programs, with internship and job placement assistance.
The vision for the new space includes a permanent production kitchen for Harvest Kitchen’s job training program and a vibrant retail space that will function as year-round market for fresh, prepared and preserved local and regional foods. The goals of the new space are to provide job training and skills development for youth from Providence, Pawtucket, and Central Falls, increase access to fresh, local foods in downtown Pawtucket and incentivize SNAP sales, and deliver outcomes-driven nutrition education programming year-round.
In this new space: Harvest Kitchen will continue to expand our production and increase training opportunities for youth from DCYF’s Juvenile Corrections Services and those aging out of the foster care system. Cooking prepared meals for the retail space will expand the culinary and retail skills that students and apprentices learn at Harvest Kitchen. The new Bayley St space will also serve as a hub for nutrition education classes and special events focused on the critical link between farmers and eaters. By participating in interactive food-based nutrition lessons, participants and community members build healthy habits together, empowered with the skills and tools to make healthy choices
We see opportunities to use the space in a flexible way that activates the neighborhood and creates dialogue around the ideas of food and community. And by providing a 40% bonus on SNAP funding, also known as the Bonus Bucks Program, Farm Fresh RI helps low-income families increase their purchasing power for fresh, local foods.
About Harvest Kitchen
Since 2010, Harvest Kitchen has graduated 11 training groups of youth: girls and boys, ages 16-20, who reside in Providence, Pawtucket, and Central Falls. The Harvest Kitchen posts remarkable results for youth, with a program completion rate of 75%, internship placement rate of 66%, job placement rate of 48%, and educational progress rate of 77% (measured by high school or GED degrees). The Harvest Kitchen has a recidivism rate of 7% for program graduates three years post-graduation, which is significantly lower than the statewide benchmark of 20%.
About Farm Fresh Rhode Island
Farm Fresh Rhode Island is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 2004. Farm Fresh RI is a small organization with a big mission—growing a local food system that values the environment, health and quality of life of area farmers and eaters. Part incubator, part activator, Farm Fresh RI has a wide array of access, education, and distribution programs aimed at building healthier communities, increasing access to fresh food, strengthening community-based businesses, and improving the impact of food production and distribution on the environment. For more information, please visit www.farmfreshri.org.
Video by Steer Digital Media.
Thanks to all the amazing Steer Film crew members: Eddy Eacueo, Stephanie Oquendo, Ryan Sherwood. And special thanks to Carlos Toro for graciously donating his talented crew and believing in our program.