Fund fuels Hospice kitchen improvements

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Chris Pegg, Assistant Executive Director, Chatham Kent Community Foundation, and Karen Konecny-Brooks, kitchen co-ordinator, Chatham-Kent Hospice are all smiles in the wake of the release of $9,750 in funds to help upgrade the Hospice’s kitchen area.

The South Kent Wind Community Fund, a donor-advised fund of the Chatham-Kent Community Foundation, recently approved a grant of $9,750 to upgrade appliances for the kitchen at Chatham-Kent Hospice.

Specifically, the grant purchased a larger freezer, upgraded the dishwasher, and purchased new shelving units for the pantry as well as an induction soup rethermalizer.

“The upgrades to our appliances will improve the storage space and flow of our hospice kitchen. This will be greatly appreciated by our kitchen volunteers who prepare meals for our residents and soups and baked goods for their family and friends,” Karen Konecny-Brooks, Hospice kitchen co-ordinator, said in a media release.

“This generous grant is very much appreciated. We need to raise $106,000 each month in donations to cover ongoing operating expenses, so this gift will help us reach that goal,” shared Jodi Maroney – Executive Director, Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation.

Since opening the doors in April 2016, Chatham-Kent Hospice has cared for more than 720 families from across Chatham-Kent.

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