MAY 21, 2017
Top of Nine, Hensville
winner: FFT & SSFAC Refugee Food Box Program
Chef Tony, NINE at Hensville – creole garlic bisque soup
Chef Kelly Mettler, Ye Olde Cock n Bull – Toledo – vegetable italian wedding soup
Chef Scott Bowman, Fowl and Fodder – vegan zucchini soup (Riehm Farms) and cream of asparagus soup (Riehm Farms)
Chef Cynthia Bunch, Cynthia’s Catering – arugula and watercress vichyssoise (cold spring soup with potatoes and cucumber)
Chef Joe Felix, The Toledo Museum of Art – maple smoked onion soup
(1) Jill Bunge, FFT & SSFAC Refugee Food Box Program
Food for Thought (FFT) will partner with Social Services for the Arab Community (SSFAC) to provide monthly food boxes tailored to the dietary preferences of Arab refugees and immigrant families for much needed food assistance as they resettle into work, recreation, and life in the Toledo community. The Refugee Food Box Program will extend Toledo’s rich history of offering welcome to immigrants who bring incredible experiences, knowledge, and culture to our community. SSFAC currently has a caseload of 22 immigrant and refugee families (79 total individuals in all households) who are in need of food assistance.
Funding from SOUP will allow both organizations to cover two months of startup costs to source, pack, and deliver the food boxes directly to recipients.
(2) Jakob Gray, Jones Beekeeping Association
The Beekeeping Association at Jones Leadership Academy (Toledo Public Schools) seeks to educate our future about bees, biology, ecology, entrepreneurship, and the importance of conservation. Students will gain an awareness of the natural world through presentations, field trips, and first hand experience that will instill an appreciation for our planet in its inheritors. Students will be responsible for the upkeep of the hive and all business decisions associated with the program. Students will make various products to sell at the farmers market or local health stores to support the program long-term.
Funds from SOUP will cover all initial costs associated with the program, including buying all the necessary equipment: two bee boxes, an extractor, suits, tools, and packaging.
(3) Ketha Harrison, Break Chains Make Changes
Break Chains Make Changes is an organization to advocate fatherhood empowerment in the low income inner city. The organization would like to hold block parties in order to bring together fathers in four different Toledo neighborhoods. At these events, fathers would be provided: 1) a chance to connect & positively play with their young children, 2) meet employers to find jobs, or network to find better jobs 3) listen to a short talk by a peer providing practical skills of increasing positive relationships with their significant others and their family members overall. The goal for BCMC is to change the state of a father who was originally in a state of crisis and poverty.
Funds from SOUP will go toward planning the first neighborhood block party and purchasing necessary items such as a tent, food, bouncy house, tables and chairs, sound system, generator, porta-potties, and security.
(4) Morgan Fitzgibbons, [freespace], A Project of Civic Digs
The mission of [freespace] is to foster creativity, community, and civic innovation through the gift of free space. The project will activate a vacant downtown Toledo building for one week in July by challenging the greater Toledo community to fill it up with events, art, and ideas to improve their city and community. For example, someone may want to host a Sweating to the Oldies event or a Blanket Fort Building Party or someone may take the challenge to finally pursue a mural idea or starting a new organization.The space will be free to use. The project will promote a culture in Toledo where people feel empowered to make their ideas a reality.
Funds from SOUP will pay for the building insurance and smaller expenses such as temporary improvements and utilities for the space.