‘THANKS FOR ALL THOSE WHO HELPED MAKE OUR FUNDRAISER A SUCCESS’
We raised upwards of $7000 to go toward our matching grant from CEDF
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CLiCK (Commercially Licensed Cooperative Kitchen) began in 2009 after local residents holding strong interest in food and sustainability discussed the idea of a shared processing kitchen and ways to better serve farmers in the Windham area. The initial impetus for CLiCK was to provide local farmers a place to process their goods so as to increase their profit. For example, “a pound of salsa brings in more profit than a pound of unprocessed tomatoes.” CLiCK is founded on cooperative values such as self-help, democracy, equality, and solidarity.
CLiCK aims to develop community relationships. While the goal is to have the kitchen available for local entrepreneurs such as caterers and farmers to rent, another equally important aspect is creating a community center focused on food. Ultimately, CLiCK will to provide job-training skills to low-income Windham area residents and to teach local residents about food preparation and healthy eating. For board members, one vision includes developing a community garden where young people can come in from nearby schools and learn more about where their food comes from and have an opportunity to make products directly from the garden. There is no shortage of ways in which CLiCK will bring the community together. Let us know your ideas.
CLiCK is in the process of investigating location options. One possibility is to move into the space at 1315 Main Street and be part of a project with the Town of Windham to create a Neighborhood Center. We are a non-profit and have received our 501c3 status.
CLiCK’s funding began with a grant from the Access Agency as part of their poverty reduction program. CLiCK also works with the Community Economic Development Fund, which helped make CLiCK eligible for a tax credit program. In the future, CLiCK hopes to gain more financial support from other grants, donations, and membership dues.
Some of CLiCK’s main concerns deals with food sovereignty as well as food security. To find out more about what food security is please visit Community Food Security Coalition. There is also the term Food Sovereignty. Food security focuses on economic access to food, where food sovereignty stresses basic human rights to food. Two worth while approaches to an important issue. (http://www.foodfirst.org/en/node/3105) (http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.1001223)
We all have the right to healthy food and CLiCK is here to assist in many ways.
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