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Five percent for empowerment: Supporting a community kitchen

Zucchini by Rhea

Zucchini by Rhea

Today, 5 percent of all grocery bills at Whole Foods in Silver Spring will go toward empowerment. That is because those dimes and dollars will support the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Shared Use Community Kitchen.

Not all 85 subscribers to this blog live in the D.C./Maryland area, so I won’t go into detail about the 5 percent day (though if you are in the area, you should go!) Instead, I’ll tell you about this kitchen. According to the project site:

For the past three years, a group of dedicated individuals have been working hard to renovate and reopen the commercial kitchen located in the Takoma Park Presbyterian Church.

Once completed, the kitchen will be available as:
1. an incubator for entrepreneurs to start small food-based businesses,
2. a classroom for teens, seniors, and anyone to learn about healthy eating, and
3. a production space where donated food can be prepared to be sent to local food banks and homeless shelters.

I’m proud to be a part of this kitchen as a board member of the Crossroads Community Food Network, one of the partners in launching the new space. Crossroads is all about food access and empowerment  — empowerment to eat healthier food (through the Crossroads Farmers Market and Healthy Eating Program), to earn a living wage from preparing food (the Community Kitchen and Microenterprise Program), and to embrace the cultural foods of your own community and others’ (all of the above).

I look forward to the funds and attention this day can bring, and appreciate the community contributions and support we receive. By reading this post, you’re already part of the empowerment. So thank you!

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Job announcement: Crossroads executive director

A friend of mine is stepping down after a tour de force performance as executive director of the Crossroads Community Food Network. Could you, dear reader, fill her shoes in service of this vibrant, pioneering food organization? Or perhaps you know someone who can?

Here is the posting:

Organization: Crossroads Community Food Network

Job Opening: Executive Director

Crossroads Community Food Network (“Crossroads”), a food access non-profit based in Takoma Park, MD is seeking a half-time Executive Director to oversee and grow this small and innovative organization. The ideal candidate will have vision and creativity, experience with food systems work, success as a non-profit fundraiser, and will embrace the challenges and opportunities of leading a small and dynamic organization.

To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and three references to lydiaoberholtzer[at]gmail.com. Application deadline: May 10, 2013, 5pm EDT.  Read on or download the full job description. Continue reading

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