Bracken’s Kitchen was founded with the sole intent of using food to make a difference in the lives of those we serve. It is our belief that by offering a high quality and tasty meal to someone in need that would give them the opportunity to reserve their money for other important life necessities. While that belief is still at the core of our Food Truck Feeding Program we have quickly learned that the only way to make a truly lasting impact on a person’s life is to offer them a path in which they can lift themselves out of the grip of poverty.
That age old saying of give a man a fish and you have fed him for a day but teach him to fish and you have fed him for a lifetime, still holds true today. And with that idea we formed our Trio of Services. Our Culinary Trio has a symbiotic relationship with each other. Our Recovered Food Program provides the products needed for our Culinary Training Program and the Culinary Training Program in turn supplies food for our Food Truck Feeding Program. The programs make an even bigger impact as they help to cut down on the massive amounts of food waste that ends up in our landfills as well as support for our hospitality partners with trained and skilled cooks ready and eager to work and contribute to their own future.
Compassionate Animal Rescue for Medical Aid (CARMA) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) founded by veterinary professionals dedicated to enhancing the lives of people in our community through our love for animals. Our purpose is to rescue sick or injured animals, provide them with necessary medical care and place them into caring homes if needed.
CARMA continues to be an all-volunteer organization so that 100% of the money raised through adoptions, merchandise sales, and from our valuable individual and corporate donors and sponsors goes towards the animals we rescue.
Our Mission: The Mitchell Thorp Foundation supports families whose children suffer from life-threatening illnesses, diseases and disorders, by providing financial, emotional and resource support to their desperate situation.
Our Purpose: While we cannot cure a child, we can help the families endure, and soften their heartbreaking journey; thereby bringing relief, hope and a sense of normalcy in the home environment.
In years past at the Give Back Get Back event, we’ve focused so much on the “get back” that we feel we need to shift our focus back to what the Holiday Event is all about, our three charities. In addition to raising money, we will be creating a hands on experience to give back to each individual charity and we’ve initiated a drive to benefit items in need.
Please join us in bringing any of the below items to the Give Back Get Back event on Monday, December 10th.
Bracken’s Kitchen – compostable plates, paper towels, drink cups, cleaning rags, dish soap, gas cards, copy paper, plastic forks and spoons, bulk items from Costco and Smart & Final such as black beans, pinto beans, canned diced tomatoes, canola oil, chicken base, chili powder, diced tomatoes, fusilli pasta, granulated garlic, olive oil, penne pasta, salt, sugar, tomato sauce, ground black pepper, ground white pepper and dried parsley.
CARMA – dog harnesses and leashes, dog and cat collars, new or gently used dog and cat toys and pet supplies, dog and cat beds, puppy pads, Breeders Edge Foster Powered Milk Replacer, Purina Pro Plan Chicken & Rice Dry, Earthbath Wipes
Mitchell Thorp Foundation – gift cards (Target, Walmart, AMEX/Visa), educational or childrens books, pre-teen novels and books, educational games and puzzles, board games for all ages, arts & crafts (journals, coloring books, etc.), make up kits, hair accessories and nail polish, baby clothes and essentials, childrens toys (Legos, blocks, dolls, action figures, stuffed animals), blankets.