Wellness Kitchen faces temporary setback

The Wellness Kitchen experienced significant smoke and water damage in a fire Oct. 21 on the second floor of 1255 Las Tablas Rd. (Contributed photo)

Damage in shared building displaces programs for nonprofit in Templeton

TEMPLETON On Sunday, Oct. 21, an electrical fire started on the second floor of 1255 Las Tablas Road in Templeton; below which, the nonprofit organization — The Wellness Kitchen and Resource Center — is located.

The Wellness Kitchen officials are thankful for the team of local firefighters, who fought the fire and the building remains. However, The Wellness Kitchen experienced significant smoke and water damage and needs the help of the community.

“On behalf of The Wellness Kitchen, we are thankful there were no injuries,” says Gina Grieb, Executive Director. “We are appreciative to our local firefighters and law enforcement for their prompt response.”

Until further notice, The Wellness Kitchen is temporarily unable to provide educational programs or weekly organic meals for their Wellness and Healing Food programs. Many of these meals support those in critical need due to a health crisis, such as cancer, and/or lack of caregiver support.

“In 2017, our volunteers will have prepared an estimated 13,000 meals and approximately 7,000 quarts of broth,” according to The Wellness Kitchen.

The Wellness Kitchen is seeking a temporary commercial kitchen so they can continue their mission of providing nutrient-dense meals, as well as reschedule the currently enrolled Kid’s Cooking Classes — amongst others — which was canceled until this temporary situation is resolved.

“Last week’s Kid’s Cooking Class filled these walls with so much curiosity and learning that we are eager to find the kitchen where we can resume classes and meals,” says Grieb. “We’ve been in contact with our current clients and they can’t wait for meal operations to resume.”

The Wellness Kitchen will need much support from our community. As time passes, they will update their website with specific needs.

One way to support their overall mission is by attending the Nov. 29 Holiday Fundraiser: A Top Chef Tribute, with dinner prepared by Chef Alex Martin of Crush Catering and wine pairings from local wineries. The event, which is held at Fig at Courtney’s House at 311 6th St. in Templeton, also needs community sponsors and volunteers.

Visit www.TheWKRC.org for updates on reordering meals, rescheduled classes, and updated locations.

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