On April 5, 2017, QMC’s Teen Outreach Program (TOP) participants made salsa that was sold to raise money for the collaborative non-profit organization CLiCK (Commerically Licensed Co-operative Kitchen, Inc.) located in Willimantic, CT. CLiCK is a 501c3 non-profit which offers shared use of commercial kitchens to farmers and culinary entrepreneurs seeking to create food-based businesses. They also strive to improve the health of the local community by teaching gardening, culinary arts, nutrition and other food-related classes.
The funds raised through the sale of TOP students’ salsa went towards replacing CLiCK’s boiler.
"The students were wonderful! The all had a positive attitude and work ethic,” said Chef Rachel LaPorte, General Manager of CLiCK. “One of the points that resonated with me when we were doing our wrap-up was that the students felt that people would not want to buy the salsa made by "kids" because they were "just kids". I quickly explained that they are future community leaders and a huge example of how people of all ages can make a positive lasting contribution to our local community.”
Read more about CLiCK here.