Progress report: Community Kitchen update (June)

Construction at Foodlink's new Community Kitchen.

Construction at Foodlink’s new Community Kitchen.

One month ago, Foodlink celebrated the groundbreaking of its new Community Kitchen. Dozens of community members, stakeholders and local officials joined us for a celebratory “apple-slicing” to mark a significant moment in our organization’s history.

Community Kitchen blueprint.

Community Kitchen blueprint.

So, what’s happened since then? We’d like to share a brief progress report and some photos as we hope to do this each month while the kitchen is under construction this summer.

Since the news conference was held May 11:

  • The framing of walls has begun
  • All equipment has been ordered
  • Asbestos abatement is completed
  • Plumbing is well underway

In the photo below, the Community Kitchen’s future Packaging Room is seen in the back. This is where food will be boxed, bagged and put into cases. To the left of that will be our walk-in cooler.

We’re excited to share future images as walls go up, equipment is installed and our Community Kitchen comes to life. See you next time!

The framing of walls has begun at the Community Kitchen. In the back, you'll see the future Packaging Room.

The framing of walls has begun at the Community Kitchen. In the back, you’ll see the future Packaging Room.

Foodlink retains 4-star Charity Navigator rating

Foodlink's 2016 Charity Navigator 4-star rating certificate.

Foodlink’s 2016 Charity Navigator 4-star rating certificate.

On June 1, Charity Navigator announced that under its updated and enhanced rating system, Foodlink was among a select group of nonprofits nationwide to earn a 4-star rating.

>> See Foodlink’s rating breakdown on the Charity Navigator website

Since 2002, using objective, data-driven analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. Foodlink has proudly earned the distinction for eight consecutive years.

Foodlink has long been committed to sound fiscal management practices in pursuing our mission of ending hunger and leveraging the power of food to build a healthier community.

In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology. These “Accountability & Transparency” metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities have “best practices” that minimize the chance of unethical activities and whether they freely share basic information about their organization with their donors and other stakeholders.

This past year, Charity Navigator introduced CN 2.1, which — in consultation with industry leaders — upgraded seven metrics used to assess a charity’s financial health. 

Thanks to all who continue to support Foodlink. We couldn’t achieve our vision of a healthy, hunger-free community without you.

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