Help Us Transform Our Kitchen into a Refugee Job Training Site!

Exciting news! The International Rescue Committee is writing St. Luke's into a federal community food security grant for a three year, $400K refugee job training project that would involve growing a food product in our vacant lot and processing/packaging it for sale in an upgraded St. Luke's kitchen. 
The grant requires a 100% match, and the IRC will figure out most of it, but I've signed up St. Luke's to get $50K in pledges for the kitchen upgrade portion of the project, which would bring the kitchen up to commercial (you-can-sell-to-the-public) standards. I hope you'll consider giving to this project today by clicking here!  
Project goals include:

Goals for the MAKE Garden Café Project: Merging Agriculture, Kitchens and Employment for Community Integration, Cultural Awareness and Economic Self-Sufficiency, as proposed to the FY18 USDA Community Food Project Competitive Grants Program:

Goal #1: City Heights residents gain knowledge, skills and access to resources for long-term economic self-sufficiency.

Goal #2: The MAKE Garden Café increases awareness, understanding and interactions across people of different ages, class, cultures, races, gender and local neighborhoods, including the development of a City Heights-North Park “good food jobs” pipeline

Goal #3: Key elements of the MAKE Garden Café can be replicated in other communities for a stronger network of food and farming social enterprises strengthening the lives of low-income residents.