This week Morningstar Relief Mission had an opportunity to thank the Community Foundation for Lennox & Addington (CFFLA) for a $5,000 grant in support of its kitchen renovation.
“This gift will help to give new life to our old kitchen,” said Kevin Alkenbrack, Morningstar’s Executive Director, “and bring us that much closer to moving back to our Water Street home on a permanent basis.”
In response to COVID-19 Morningstar has become the community kitchen for the County, currently preparing more than 1,300 meals per week countywide working from the Lion’s Club Hall kitchen while using the Water Street location as administrative headquarters. “The back-and-forth between two locations is stressful, operationally,” said Alkenbrack, “CFFLA’s generosity will give our kitchen campaign some much-needed momentum.”
“The Community Foundation for Lennox & Addington is pleased to be in a position to support the Morningstar Relief Mission with this grant,” said Bob Childs, Executive Director, “The CFFLA is dedicated to improving the lives of all who call Lennox & Addington home.” For CFFLA, the grant aligns with its strategic goal of creating long-term, sustainable funding for charitable projects that reduce and eliminate poverty, and its side effects, from our communities.
“We are totally committed to the achievement of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Poverty,” said Childs, “We salute the efforts of everyone at Morningstar for working selflessly, and tirelessly, to advance our shared goals and purpose.”
Steve Martin, Chair of Morningstar’s Board, and lead for the kitchen renovation project, acknowledged CFFLA’s extraordinary partnership this past year. “Earlier this year, when the Government of Canada launched the Emergency Community Support Fund in response to COVID-19, CFFLA was there for us with grants totaling $17,117,”—enabling the current satellite kitchen rental, among other things—“Now they have stepped up, once again, to give our permanent kitchen a boost right when we need it the most.”
Martin explained that the kitchen renovation, necessary to bring the Water Street facility up to code, is at the “blank canvas” stage with the old fixtures having been removed, and early-stage demolition in progress. “We are experiencing delays consistent with these types of projects,” said Martin, “But we still hope to have much of the work done by the end of March, 2021. And with generous supporters like CFFLA we know we will get there.”
To make a donation to Morningstar Relief Mission please visit morningstarmission.ca/donate. To help CFFLA reach its $10,000 goal on the 180 no poverty fund campaign click here: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/cffla/campaign/no-poverty-180-campaign/