Open Heart Kitchen has been addressing [hunger] problems since 1995, providing the largest hot meal program of its kind at various sites in Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton; last year more than 345,000 hot meals were served, thanks to the commitment of over 1,500 weekly volunteers.
After moving to the Tri-Valley in October, Heather Greaux visited Open Heart Kitchen. The nonprofit expert was just looking for a place to volunteer when she stumbled upon the open executive director position.
On January 11, seven Change Leaders (participants) graduated during an evening ceremony held at the United Christian Church in Livermore.
The graduates have completed the program’s first phase, a four-month course called Getting Ahead. Participants, called Change Leaders to reflect the active role they play in creating lifelong change, meet weekly in a supportive, self-reflective environment that starts with sharing a meal, courtesy of Open Heart Kitchen.
Open Heart Kitchen (OHK) reports that $23,000 was raised to feed the hungry of the Tri-Valley at the 2nd Annual Fundraiser featuring the Livermore Valley’s best Cabernets held at McGrail Vineyards and Winery in Livermore on August 27th.
Open Heart Kitchen and Fertile Groundworks were both recognized by the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) Board of Education at its meeting on Tuesday, November 15, 2016.
Open Heart Kitchen feeds 300,000 hungry Tri-Valley residents annually, no questions asked. The largest hot meal program in the area, the organization is seeking donations of more than a 1,000 turkeys but “we really don’t have a goal,” said Clare Gomes, operations director. “We’re grateful for whatever donations come in — they’ll be used all year.”
Open Heart Kitchen (OHK), the largest hot meal program in the Tri-Valley area, is appealing to Tri-Valley residents and businesses to donate funds that will be used to purchase frozen turkeys and fixings for Tri-Valley families in need during the upcoming holiday season.
Open Heart Kitchen is appealing to Tri-Valley residents and businesses to donate funds that will be used to purchase frozen turkeys and fixings for Tri-Valley families in need during the upcoming holiday season. More than 1,000 turkeys are required to meet the need of the region’s hungry each holiday season.
The East Bay Times interviewed Clare Gomes, Operations Manager at Open Heart Kitchen, about the weekend lunch program for school children. The program has been in existence for over a decade but OHK is seeing an increase in demand this year. It’s a situation you would not expect for find in the prosperous Tri-Valley area. Read about it by following this link.