Bracken’s Kitchen received $20,000 to Provide a  Second Food Truck to double meals per year from 40,000 to 80,000.

Description of how the funds will be used: To provide a second food truck with better equipment and functioning kitchen. A 2nd truck enables BK to feed more impoverished families in OC. Additionally, they educate families by distributing fresh food packages. Packages include recipes with detailed descriptions to prepare the foods in healthy, nutritious ways.

Description of Project/Program, what makes it compelling, and the specific needs it will address: The BK food truck delivers nutritious meals in a fun and dignified manner directly to the neediest in our communities. BK partners with OC’s premier non-profit organizations (Miracles for Kids, Working Wardrobes, etc.), enhancing their programs with food for their events. Meals are planned and cooked prior to the event. When the BK truck arrives, tables and chairs are provided, music plays and a varied menu is offered from a clean, attractive truck. BK understands the importance of creating positive memories for family members including children. BK strives to strengthen communities by building trust and friendships. BK goes beyond feeding families, providing hope for a better future.

A new truck will double the number of nutritious meals from the current 40,000 to 80,000. It will allow expansion to LA County.

In OC, there are approx. 325,000 food insecure (hungry) individuals.The Department of Education identified 32,510 homeless children in 2013-2014. In 2014/15, 49% of school children were on free and reduced lunches. OC has the fourth highest child poverty rate (27.8%) in California. Many OC residents remain unaware of these desperate statistics.

40% of food in our nation goes to waste! Through BK’s Recovered Food Program,  excess food collected from hotels, restaurants, grocers and local farmers are utilized. By applying Chef Bill’s simple approach, creative culinary skills, and strong connections (i.e., Newport Meat Company, Whole Foods, LA Specialty and Chefs to End Hunger), BK has been able to reduce per meal costs from $2.25 in 2014 to $.25 today.

 

Describe the Organization or Project as it pertains to the following Impact Giving Grant Standards-

High Impact & Life Transforming: BK founder Bill Bracken, a nationally renowned chef, realized that people without resources are unable to travel a distance despite a desperate need for nutritious meals to feed their children. Bill desired to do more. Responsible people, but who have lost their jobs and homes, count among our hungry. People with families to feed lose hope. BK is the needed boost.  BK takes delicious food directly to the people in a loving way. Last year, 40,000 healthy meals were served to OC families with the most need.

Education: Through their Culinary Training Program, BK pays young foster and at-risk kids while teaching them to prepare nutritious meals. The program provides the needed skills for these kids to secure entry-level jobs in the culinary industry.

 Sustainability: In addition to their primary program, BK promotes programs complementing and supporting the work to feed the hungry. These programs include Recovered Food Program, Culinary Training Program, and Catering for a Cause.

Community Building: With strong partnerships, their database of 220 volunteers assist in daily operations. Small gardens, restaurants, hotels and food distribution companies donate food that would otherwise go to waste to their Recovered Food Program.

Innovative: BK addresses the issue of food insecurity through mobile food trucks/kitchens. They bring high quality, healthy meals in a dignified way, creating a fun, positive experience.

Measurable: Success is measured by the number of meals served, strength of developed user relationships, volunteer and supporters numbers. An increase in organizations donating food equates to more families fed.

Organization’s Mission Statement: To minister to the underserved in our communities by pioneering a creative new approach to combating both the issues of food insecurity and the larger issues of poverty in Southern California. Through creative culinary passion and a foundation of compassion, we will build upon our Trio of Services. The Culinary Training Program powers our Recovered Food Program which in turn helps supply the needs of our Food Truck Feeding Program.