Omaha Gives! Donors Support Culinary Workforce Development Class

In your generosity, you raised $12,250 for the first class of the 15 week culinary workforce development program. The funds will purchase supplies that include uniforms, knives, aprons, and instruction manuals for the first class of participants. The workforce program is set to launch in August 2017. With this training, un- and under-employed workers get hands-on culinary instruction

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Food Hub Renovation Progresses

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.


Four meters in one building


New electrical panel


Future processing space passageway


View from expansion space towards elevator


Fire damaged wood removed


Exposed concrete beams

Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz | In service to community

Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz

Dear Friends: Many of you may know by now but it is with a heavy heart that I share the passing of Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz. Larry Kurtz, her husband and resident Omaha “Worm Wrangler” asked that we share information about Carlynn’s memorial with our community of friends and supporters. Carlynn’s interests included an active involvement in her church, Second Unitarian

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