photo: Holy Rosary Soup Kitchen
There's no doubt that charities have taken a substantial hit in the recent economic downturn. According to CBS News, six million people asked the Salvation Army for help last year. This year that number has almost doubled to between 10 and 12 million. But with more people in trouble, there are fewer donations to go around. For Holy Rosary's Soup Kitchen, however, there's a green light at the end of the tunnel.The Holy Rosary Soup Kitchen in the Village of Port Chester, N.Y., will receive more than $40,000 in new, eco-friendly kitchen equipment after winning Food Service Warehouse's Certified Green Commercial Kitchen Giveaway. In an effort to meet the specific needs of Holy Rosary, the green commercial kitchen remodeling and consulting company, is providing them with an energy efficient dishwasher, ice machine, two door refrigerator and freezer, ten burner range (stove top), steamer, holding cabinet, and fryer. The company is also providing low-flow spray valves and a green faucet head for water conservation.
This windfall comes at the perfect time for Holy Rosary, which, like other soup kitchens, as been hit hard by the recession. It's gone from serving 33,000 people in 2007 to 42,000 people in 2008. Some of those affected in the Village of Port Chester are day laborers who are constantly looking for work. With the economic downturn, many people have halted the remodeling or landscaping projects that previously employed these workers.
Food Service Warehouse launched the giveaway as a way to introduce itself as an ENERGY STAR partner and to launch its Certified Green Commercial Kitchen program. The program is aimed at helping commercial kitchens slash energy costs, conserve water, and reduce their overall environmental impact.
via: Schwartz Communications, Inc.