WCFR in the News

Providence Health Care to grant $20,000 for Nutrition Education

(Spokane, Washington)—Women & Children’s Free Restaurant & Community Kitchen (WCFR) is pleased to announce Providence Health Care’s investment of $20,000 in support of their Nutrition Essentials program. The grant will support operating expenses necessary to improve access to health resources for those in need. The program is provided in part by Providence Health Care through its Community Benefit program.

“We are grateful for Providence’s commitment to improving the health of our program families through free hands-on cooking skills, nutrition classes, and learning ways to stretch limited dollars,” said Lisa Diffley, executive director of WCFR. “We’ve seen improvements in overall health and habits since the launching the program in 2014.”

In 2018, The City of Spokane’s Community, Housing and Human Services Department underwrote the remodeling costs associated with a new demonstration kitchen and classroom at WCFR. The program receives hands on support from WSU nursing students and dietetic interns, and is under the direction of WCFR’s nutrition educator Makenzie Hall, MS, RD.

WCFR has offered free meal services for 30 years, which includes nutritious, scratch-made, restaurant-style meals served in an atmosphere that encourages conversation and a sense of community. Diners are not asked to qualify to receive the service.

WCFR’s reach is broadened through collaboration with partner agencies. Nutritious meals are prepared in the restaurant’s kitchen and served at programs offered by Catholic Charities, Cup of Cool Water, Family Promise of Spokane, Feed Cheney, GraceSon House, The Jonah Project, Next Generation Zone, Odyssey Youth Movement, Our Place Ministries, Partners with Families & Children, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Shadle Park Presbyterian Church, Southwest Spokane Community Center, SPEAR Ministries, Inc., Transitions, Union Gospel Mission, Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, Volunteers of America, West Central Community Center, and YWCA.

About Women & Children’s Free Restaurant and Community Kitchen Women & Children’s Free Restaurant and Community Kitchen, a two-time AGORA award recipient, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit celebrating its 30th year as a vital safety net filling nutritional gaps for women and children in need while fostering dignity and respect, both within our restaurant and in the community. WCFR provided 66,500 nutritious, well-balanced meals to less fortunate women and children in 2017. The Restaurant promotes good nutrition and healthy eating habits by subscribing to whole food cooking, preparing meals from scratch, and using fruits, vegetables and lean proteins. For more information about WCFR, visit www.wcfrspokane.org.

It was an exciting day here as the Extreme Team KXLY led by Mark Peterson Kxly installed metal plates and platters on our building facing Washington Street as part of our capital campaign donor recognition project. We would like to thank everyone involved with this project: Newport High School Grizzy Fab Lab, Krueger Sheet Metal, Fritz Fox, Garco Construction, Mandere Construction Inc, Rathdrum ID, Star Rentals, Lydig Construction, Brian Sayler, and Spokane Traffic Control. This was truly a labor of love!

Ribbon-Cutting Event to Celebrate New Demonstration Kitchen

(Spokane, Washington)—May 9, 2018 — Women & Children’s Free Restaurant & Community Kitchen (WCFR) will be joined by City of Spokane Mayor David Condon and the WCFR Board of Directors to commemorate the completion of a demonstration kitchen and classroom project with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at N. 1408 Washington Street. The dedication will take place on May 30, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.

The purpose of the new teaching space is specific to building WCFR’s capacity to address the health disparities associated with food insecurity. Nutrition Essentials is WCFR’s hands-on education program offered at our restaurant. WCFR teaches women who are experiencing poverty, homelessness, and food insecurity the nutrition knowledge, skills, and behaviors that can help them use their limited resources to nourish themselves and their children. This project is important because food insecurity is strongly correlated with preventable health conditions like dental decay, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. “If food insecure families can access healthy ingredients, they must have the cooking skills to turn them into a meal. We teach them how to do that. Having a demonstration kitchen will increase the scope of what we can teach and will offer women new ways to practice their skills,” stated Lisa Diffley, executive director.

The City of Spokane granted $147,000 for construction costs and equipment. STCU pledged an additional $25,000 to support the project. Western States Construction was the general contractor. WCFR is currently seeking funding for classroom furnishings and audio/visual equipment.

About Women & Children’s Free Restaurant and Community Kitchen Women & Children’s Free Restaurant and Community Kitchen, a two-time AGORA award recipient, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit celebrating its 30th year as a vital safety net filling nutritional gaps for women and children in need while fostering dignity and respect, both within our restaurant and in the community. WCFR provided 66,500 nutritious, well-balanced meals to less fortunate women and children in 2017. The Restaurant promotes good nutrition and healthy eating habits by subscribing to whole food cooking, preparing meals from scratch, and using fruits, vegetables and lean proteins. For more information about WCFR, visit www.wcfrspokane.org.