The Freestore Food Bank’s Cincinnati COOKS! program will be the main focus of Cincinnati Woman’s Club’s 2016 President’s Project
Special projects have been a tradition of Cincinnati Woman’s Club presidents since 1947. In the past 10 years, the club has raised more than $500,000 for these projects. This year, a $25,000 matching grant will help achieve the goal.
Cincinnati COOKS! offers a free 10-week training program to prepare non-working adults for jobs in the food-service industry. Since 2001, more than 1,500 people have graduated from the program, and of those, 90 percent have maintained employment for at least a year. In the course of their training, the students prepare 3,500 meals a week, which help feed needy children via the Kids Cafe program at 19 locations.
One of the needs of Cincinnati COOKS! is a new van to transport meals to Kids Cafe locations and take students to catering jobs. This specially equipped vehicle will cost about $60,000.
The 2016 President’s Project was revealed to almost 200 members at a recent kickoff event.
Among the guests at the presentation were Kurt Reiber, CEO of the Freestore Foodbank; chef Matt Resetarits, a graduate of the program; and Mike and Marilyn Kremzar. Mike Kremzar is a former Freestore board chair and co-founder of Cincinnati COOKS!
Members of CWC who helped with the presentation and are planning events to support the project are chair Suzanne Lakamp, with Shannon Carter, Cynthia Cole, Gary Copes, Eliza Gantt, Jane Hlad, Noel Julnes-Dehner, Kacey Schmitt, Sue Showers, Gretchen Thomas, Priscilla Ungers and Linda Young.