Brandie connected to No More Empty Pots through the Community Market Basket (CMB) program with box distribution at Nelson Mandela Elementary. On pickup day early in the season, Brandie shared that she had a degree in Nutrition Education and wanted to find ways to put her education to work for No More Empty Pots. SheContinue reading »
We are so excited to announce a $5,000 grant from Wells Fargo to support the food hub and the No More Empty Pots Entrepreneurship Invitational. During the Entrepreneurship Invitational, Wells Fargo team members will coach and mentor small business owners that plan to rent the shared use commercial kitchen housed in the food hub. Over theContinue reading »
In April 2015, on her 65th birthday, Bea Cerasoli gave each of her children a check & challenge. Use the money in the next year within your community and report back the next year. Find a charity and donate, host an event, enter a charity race; get involved in your community as a family. TheContinue reading »
Recently, Susan and I traveled to Los Angeles to see culinary workforce training programs in action. The visit to LA Kitchen was fantastic! Robert Egger, staff and students were gracious hosts. It was day one for Class VI and we had the privilege to spend it with them, including my favorite – family meal! Listening to participants share their backgrounds and why they were thereContinue reading »
The food hub renovation is taking shape. Demolition to remove walls between the two buildings has been completed. The electrical panel has been installed and connected by OPPD. And as with most buildings circa 1900 undergoing an adaptive reuse process, a few surprises surfaced. We discovered four separate water and gas lines in one building. Damaged wood from pockets of termite infestations and charring from an apparent fire was removed and replaced.
The masonry subcontractors have been busy cutting concrete, building elevator shafts, and constructing stairwell casings. The first rounds of inspections have gone well. So far, so good with the construction progress. The shared use and production kitchens are on track to be ready by fall 2016.
Since November a few teen parents at Blackburn have been exploring new foods, expanding their palates and learning food preparation techniques with staff from No More Empty Pots. The first session was new to everyone and featured whole wheat wraps with hummus and sauteed kale. Kale was new to all the students. We discussed theContinue reading »
After an epic week of domain wrangling, No More Empty Pots has secured a new domain and is transferring all assets. You can now find us at www.nmepomaha.org. I apologize for the confusion and any inconvenience. Using our original email address, you may reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The website has been moved to www.nmepomaha.org. Our emailContinue reading »
January brought change on so many levels. Your support of No More Empty Pots pushed us to a whole new level of engagement and change in the community. No More Empty Pots is growing to serve more people and expand our program services, building out the strategic plan and strengthening our capacity to serve. With your help, we areContinue reading »
Thank you for your support in 2015. What a year – lots of milestones and successes! Also a lot of learning and growth. You get to do more when you turn five years old and we are preparing for the challenges. Now 2016 – we are beginning the year with change for No More Empty Pots. We areContinue reading »
We were honored to be among the organizations that Carlynn and Larry chose in memorium to Carlynn’s life and her work. You donated generously and because of you $2500 was raised from September to October. All donations will be used as a match for the $250,000 Peter Kiewit Foundation capital challenge. A local artist, Evance, crafted a unique quiltContinue reading »