A Kitchen for Kids
“This is a ‘live-your-values’ moment, we believe in the inherent worth and dignity of everyone. This decision embodies that.” - Executive Director Greg Winter
In June we learned that The Firs organization fired a long-time staff person on based on his sexual orientation.
The Firs' personnel decision not only conflicts with nondiscrimination clauses in our federal and state contracts -- it conflicts with our agency’s values. For this reason, we decided to terminate our long-time contract with The Firs to lease their commercial kitchen.
While we firmly stand by our decision to terminate this 25-year lease, this has left us in need of a kitchen and equipment to feed 450 children during the school year. Our preschool programs in Bellingham, Ferndale, Lynden, Blaine, Nooksack, and Mt Baker, provide breakfast, lunch, and snacks for kids who may not always have access to healthy meals.
The good news is we have found a new kitchen space. We just need your help to help get the ball rolling!
How can you help?
It will take $97,000 to re-establish a commercial kitchen to serve all the children and families in our preschool programs. We’re partway there with $40,000 of our agency funds.
We need to raise $57,000 to have a working commercial kitchen by Sept. 1
This funding will provide kitchen improvements and needed large scale kitchen equipment, including:
· Commercial freezer - $6,500
· 60-quart floor mixer - $12,000
· Microwave - $290
· Large mixing bowls - $35
· Plus other commercial kitchen equipment, pots, pans, shelving, utensils...
Thank you and appreciation
Give as generously as you can today so we can rebuild a kitchen before the school year starts and serve children and families who depend on us for nutritious food and quality preschool.
And thank you for helping us live our values.
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First of all, the great news is we’re close to having 75% of the amount we need to provide equipment and kitchen supplies! You played a key role in making this possibility a reality. Thank you!
We’re still in negotiations for a kitchen site. The community responded generously with several offers to let us use their kitchen at restaurants, schools, churches and available building sites. And we found several solid options, but are still working on finalizing this decision.
We’ll keep you posted as soon as we know more.
Until then, please know that we are delighted how quickly our community contributed to help us with this challenging fundraising goal.
Thank you for being part of this great community!