If you are not connected to this event, you missed out on something VERY SPECIAL! - A Cultural Change, a coming together of community celebrating healthy food and art - An Appetite of Art - that's what I'm talkin' about! It was a SPECTULAR DAY IN PARADISE, Secret Garden Cafe's culinary incubator participants included Chef Phillip and his fruiti chili called the Sunshine State Chili (grilled pineapple, orange, papaya, with a little heat), Greta Tatken, Sweet T's, vegan cornbread, EXCELLENT, Chef Lynn, Magick In Your Kitchen, crafted a stunning Walnut Chili, the texture and flavors met even the hardest "Where's the Beef" critique, and Love, Katie Kakes, LLC was there with her gluten-free treats and completely sold out. Congrats! to all that took the time to prepare and donate their services to this event to help raise funds for the Community Caring Center, helping off-set the expenses incurred by the March 19th break-in. A SPECIAL THANK YOU to our own staff, Chef Nina, instructor for the Children's Gardening and Nutrition Education program, and her wonderful friends that helped coordinate the 1st Annual Vegan Chili Cook-Off #BeanScene2015.
What we do........
CCC is a 501 c 3 organization created in 1987. It provides a unique approach to addressing root causes of poverty through an innovative integration of both a Social Service Department and an Economic Development Department:
Comcast Essentials - Resume and Job Searching (Schedule) This is being offered October 1, 2014 thru March 31, 2015 on an individual basis by appointment on ONLY.
Emergency Food Pantry
An emergency food pantry, an affordable food distribution program, access to USDA food, application assistance for food stamps. The pantry is open 9 AM to 1 PM Monday, Wednesday, & Friday. Congregations, business, individuals, and organizations contribute non-perishable food items to stock the pantry. Community service groups and individual residents in Boynton Beach also support the food pantry through financial contributions. Contributions and our Urban Farming Project help to provide fresh fruit and vegetables to clients. The pantry contains various ethnic foods and a kosher shelf to meet the needs of our diverse community. PANTRY FOOD WISH LIST
Assistance with on-line applications for prescription drug, Medicaid, and SSI benefits CCC may provide emergency financial assistance to an individual or a family once a year (as funds are available for rent and utilities). CCC may provide vouchers to the Medication Station for anyone who cannot afford to have a vital prescription filled and a voucher for 1-or 2-night stay if short term shelter is required. CCC is a platinum partner with the State of Florida. The center is an access site for on-line food stamp, SSI, Medicaid, & prescription drug assistance applications for the State of Florida and major pharmaceutical companies.
Faith in Action
Faith in Action is a volunteer frail and elderly care giving program for low-income residents of the Heart of Boynton community. The center provides training programs for primary caregivers and volunteer caregivers. CCC’s Faith in Action Program recruits, trains, and supports caring volunteers to help their frail and elderly neighbors through friendly relationships. The assistance can be shopping, picking up medication, respite care, financial assessments and management, or taking a person to their doctor.
A Culinary Incubator program for small business development called the Secret Garden Café. The CCC d/b/a Secret Garden Cafe, a Culinary Incubator Program is a unique 3,000 sq ft, 48-seat Cafe/ Market/ Deli/ Bakery/ Catering facility that offers shared usage of a commercial kitchen and retail market space to “would-be” entrepreneurs and/or existing businesses. An incubator program provides a shared space to small businesses to practice their trade, and technical assistance in a nurturing atmosphere that assist small businesses develop, called incubator clients, to develop their business concept. Once clients become independent businesses they can become part of the Market Cooperative, a model that offers shared usage helping to reduce administrative overhead expenses in the early stages of business development.
Nutrition Education for adults and children
"5 A Day,” a child nutrition, educational program, targets underprivileged, kindergarten children in the poverty pocket of Boynton Beach known as “The Heart of Boynton.” It is a small attempt to change the course of the health of this next generation. The program provides nutrition information, classroom materials and teacher aides, hands on activities and field trips, one-on-one with a nutritionist, as well as, hunger relief, and advocacy. Also, nutrition education and cooking classes for adults through the Easy Garden Gourmet Cooking Classes or Food Preservation classes on using seasonal locally grown produce and preserving it through drying and canning processes helping to maintain healthy and affordable produce to be used at off-season times when produce is imported and much more costly and provides fewer nutrients.
Partnered with the University of Florida in 2009 through the PBC Extension Office, the urban farm provides fresh produce for the Veggie Mobile program, the chefs at the cafe, use in the nutrition education program, and the food pantry. The CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) produce sales provide additional income for the centers programs.
CCC uses the Green Market program each fall to recruit 50 or more new enteprenuers looking to start a new business venture and become an incubator client. The Green Market offers a test market for their product to determine market viability and pricing, develop market following and obtain direct customer feedback.
Senior Veggie Mobile Program and Home Delivered Meals to Heart of Boynton Seniors
Each week the center’s food pantry truck takes fresh and locally grown produce to our frail and elderly shut-ins in the “Heart of Boynton” area. It includes the bounty from the urban farm along with produce from gleaning programs and unsold green market produce purchased from local farmers. The program offers an opportunity for case managers to provide a friendly visit, check for signs of malnutrition and dehydration, provide additional assistance if needed, and offer healthy nutritious food options.