Kitchen equipment plus local charities equals opportunity for Winnipeggers
Seven local community organizations are getting cooking with over 20 appliances donated by Manitoba Hydro.
“It was awesome to receive this,” said Paul Moore of ImagineAbility Inc., who received a donation of a commercial bread box, freezer and toaster. “[These donations] directly help the people we support. The bread box is perfect for one of our individuals to make sandwiches when we are able to have groups of people coming back.”
Vacated cafeteria spaces at four of our facilities (820 Taylor Ave., 1315 Notre Dame Ave., 35 Sutherland Ave. and 1840 Chevrier Blvd.), left an opportunity to re-purpose the space – but a quandary of what to do with existing commercial kitchen equipment.
With COVID-19 putting pressure on the restaurant industry, more of these types of equipment are coming into the market and value is dropping. After an attempt to auction the equipment with no bids placed, it became clear that the greatest return would be to donate the equipment to local social agencies and community organizations that could make use of it in their programming.
To ensure safety and compliance with COVID-19 protocols, we moved and delivered all the equipment from our four buildings to the seven community organizations. See infographic.
Additional donations may be available once inventories have been completed at 820 Taylor Ave.
Read more about how we give back to our community in our Corporate Social Responsibility Report.