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Keene Community Kitchen

Keene Community Kitchen

Between 2011 and 2016, the CGC facilitated the installation of 68 garden beds at thirteen social service agencies. In addition to our sites in Keene, the CGC rejuvenated a one-acre plot on an abandoned prison site in Westmoreland, NH. Run by student volunteers and community members, the Westmoreland Garden Site donates 100% of its produce to traditionally underserved and marginalized members of the community by means of the Keene Community Kitchen. In 2015, the CGC donated 4326 pounds of food.
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Keene Community Kitchen

In the first 18 month phase of this program, our efforts have conservatively reached 250 community members; involved 8 community non-profits and social service agency partners; engaged 25 graduate and undergraduate students; established 6 raised-bed gardens (four 12 x 4 ft. beds per site) throughout the Keene, NH area; and developed research and evaluation protocols to track programmatic impact. In the coming years we will continue in these efforts and implement new projects to further our mission.
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Keene Community Kitchen

Some years ago, Maria Dichtelmiller found herself unable to buy food and living in a shelter. She went to The Community Kitchen in Keene, a local food pantry.
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Keene Community Kitchen

Community Garden Connections (CGC) serves to build our local capacity to grow food. It addresses food insecurity related to climate change, personal and communal health, and resiliency. With the help of a private donation from the Rashti Foundation, CGC supports the installation and cooperative maintenance of raised gardens in partnership with local service agencies, students and community members. These funds also support educational outreach to meet the specific gardening interests of community partners.
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Keene Community Kitchen

Satisfying the needs and building lasting relationships with our customers, employees, and our community is at the core of all the Fenton Family Dealership’s values.Since 1986, the Fenton Family Dealerships and employees have supported over 75 local charities and organizations annually through gift-giving, volunteer work, and sponsorships. In the last year alone Fenton Family Dealerships donated more than $100,000 to local charities and organizations.
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Keene Community Kitchen

Community gardens provide access to healthy landscapes, enhance our connections to outdoor environments, create strong social networks, increase self-sufficiency and local food security, and increase wellness. Gardening provides an affordable, nutritious food source. It cuts across social, economic, and racial barriers to bring together people of all ages and backgrounds.
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Keene Community Kitchen

While standing in line at the pantry, Maria noticed a chayote (a type of squash) had been sorted in with boxes of fruits. After pointing this out and explaining what a chayote was to the staff, they hired her as a volunteer. She now works at the Kitchen’s grain station and educates others on the value of food they might be unfamiliar with.

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