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Farm Fresh Rhode Island's Fundraiser:

Harvest Kitchen — Launching a New Kitchen & Retail Space!

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May 31, 2016

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BENEFITING: Farm Fresh Rhode Island

EVENT DATE: Aug 01, 2016

Farm Fresh Rhode Island

THE STORY:

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.

Purchase tableware/flatware
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. 

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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.

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To This Fundraiser

$3,373

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Rev. Anne Marie & Brook

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Alex Krogh-Grabbe

     

  • Tanya and Chris Carchidi

    $100

  • Sarah Lester

     

  • Ana Jimenez

    $25

  • John Scott

    $100

  • ANONYMOUS

    $25

  • Beth Myre

    $18

  • Kevin & Peggy

    $50

  • Linda Mitchell

    $150

  • Sue AnderBois

    $100

  • Aislinn Walters

     

  • Roe

    $100

  • Michele Hubbs

     

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  • Jolie G.

    $50

  • Judy and Winston Knight

    $50

  • The Shaw Family

     

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  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Barbara Simon

     

  • Thanks for sharing, Nate!

    $10

  • April Seppala

    $25

  • Nathan Orsi and Friends

    $50

  • Norine Duncan

    $50

  • Donna & Harley Frank

    $100

  • Scott Volkswagen

    $500

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Cesar Perez, Director of Treatement Programs for Tides Family Services, Inc

     

  • Theo & Isabel

     

  • The Davis Family

    $50

  • The Jimenez Family

    $30

  • Veronica Borrelli

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • COCOFUEL

     

  • Janna Longacre Joe Upham

    $100

  • Jess Emilfarb and Paul Upham

    $100

  • Fox Point Pickling Company

    $150

  • Bruce Tillinghast

    $100

  • Martha Fredo

    $50

  • A Quirk

    $10

  • Paige Van Antwerp

    $50

  • Jess, Casey and Oscar Duckett

    $100

  • Caren Belli

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34% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Farm to Table Foods

Farm to Table Foods

12 months ago

Caren Belli

Caren Belli

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Jess, Casey and Oscar Duckett

Jess, Casey and Oscar Duckett

DONATION: $100

Go do great things in the new space! We love Harvest Kitchen. 1 year ago

Paige Van Antwerp

Paige Van Antwerp

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

A Quirk

A Quirk

DONATION: $10

1 year ago

Martha Fredo

Martha Fredo

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Bruce Tillinghast

Bruce Tillinghast

DONATION: $100

TERRIFIC program and wonderful to see such positive growth! 1 year ago

Fox Point Pickling Company

Fox Point Pickling Company

DONATION: $150

Thanks for being awesome! 1 year ago

Jess Emilfarb and Paul Upham

Jess Emilfarb and Paul Upham

DONATION: $100

1 year ago

Janna Longacre Joe Upham

Janna Longacre Joe Upham

DONATION: $100

1 year ago