Open Heart Kitchen received a $250,000 grant from Fremont Bank Foundation to support the construction of a new production kitchen and dining room at its Vineyard 2.0 Project. The Vineyard 2.0 Project will include permanent, supportive housing and other services such as temporary overnight shelter, mailboxes, showers, laundry, and free hot meals provided by Open Heart Kitchen. Groundbreaking and construction is expected to begin in early 2022 for Vineyard 2.0, to be located at 460 N. Livermore Avenue in Livermore.  

Fremont Bank Foundation became a key funder at an early stage in Open Heart Kitchen’s New Kitchen, New Hope capital campaign.

“Fremont Bank Foundation is thrilled to support Open Heart Kitchen’s New Kitchen, New Hope campaign. We knew that we wanted to be a part of the Vineyard 2.0 Project to help provide critical services to people who are seeking stability in their lives,” said Julie Zhu, Fremont Bank Foundation’s Senior Director, Nonprofit Group. 

Open Heart Kitchen’s Executive Director Heather Greaux added, “We are so grateful to Fremont Bank Foundation for their generous support over the years. With this significant donation, Vineyard 2.0 is closer to becoming a reality.” 

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