As a result, CLiCK expanded its vision to include addressing issues of poverty through educational programming centered around food. In 2018, CLiCK hired an Education Coordinator to develop this programming. Classes and events are aimed at underserved populations including low-income seniors, children and youth, new parents, those with a food related illness (obesity, diabetes, celiac, high cholesterol, etc), and anyone else who seeks to improve their nutritional and/or culinary knowledge.
After a few years of experience to learn from, CLiCK’s mission has expanded to include serving the needs of small entrepreneur chefs and bakers, who can rent CLiCK’s commercially licensed kitchen space in order to sell their products legally and grow their businesses. Additionally, CLiCK regularly holds ServSafe classes for culinary entrepreneurs, certifying them in safe and sanitary practices.
CLiCK became incorporated in 2011 and purchased its current building at 41 Club Road in 2014. Since then, CLiCK has completely redone the building to include two commercial kitchens, lots of culinary and processing equipment, storage space, and a teaching kitchen and classroom space. These many improvements have been generously funded over the years by the following grants, foundations, and community partners:
We have also been generously funded by many community members. CLiCK continues to rely on the support of grants, foundations, and community partners to achieve our important mission.
In 2014 CLiCK planted a 33 tree orchard and 10 blueberry bushes, all donated by Prides Corner. We have put in wood chip paths and invite the community to come and see the apples, peaches, plums, and cherries grown! We also have a large community garden space that provides organic herbs and vegetables to CLiCK members, as well an educational space. We have two beehives and have built a meditative labyrinth behind the building for those seeking a peaceful place to contemplate.
Food Coop Idea for Commercial Kitchen
Initial IDEA meeting, applied for Access Poverty Reduction Grant
Certificate of Incorporation
Non-Profit Status Granted
Commercial kitchens ready for business, Grand Opening, first member businesses join, orchard planted, work on teaching kitchen begins
Teaching Kitchen completed (improvements ongoing), classes start, community gardens planted
Expansion of business amenities like storage and equipment, development of summer programs
Currently 37 member businesses, new technology in Teaching Kitchen, construction underway for family-friendly bathroom, hoping to further increase capacity/programming in the future