Projects

Past Projects

Creative Dreams

In 2017, Cooking Up Better Lives worked with Creative Dreams Outreach Center, an after-school arts and tutoring program for financially disadvantaged middle and high school students. They offer free art, dance, music lessons, and academic tutoring. Their new kitchen helps provide, on average, 200 meals per week.

Kinglsey House

Cooking Up Better Lives in partnership with James Beard award winner – Chef Donald Link, the Link Restaurant Group and Excell Dealer, Caire Hotel & Restaurant Supply, this project will fund a commercial kitchen that will serve more than 200 vulnerable infants, children, disabled adults and seniors each day – more than 7,000 people per year. The new kitchen is part of Kingsley House’s $12,560,000 capital campaign to Build a Promising Future for Children and Families by building a new 24,000 square foot campus on 4.2 acres of recently acquired property.

House in the Woods

Cooking Up Better Lives collaborated with the below members of Excell to procure over $20,000 in
equipment and supplies for a Better Lives Kitchen Makeover for House in the Woods in Lee, Maine.
A regional non-prot 501(c)(3) charity, House in the Woods is an outdoor retreat program that honors
veterans and their families’ sacrices and assists them in their journey towards healing the mental and
physical pain of loss.

This nominee was brought forth by one of Excell’s Dealers, R.M. Flagg Foodservice Equipment, who is very
passionate about this cause and will be donating the kitchen design services as well as storing the
equipment and making sure it is delivered and installed.

To learn more, visit: http://www.houseinthewoods.org/

Partners:

  • Advance Tabco
  • Aero Manufacturing
  • Captive Aire
  • CMA
  • GMCW
  • In-sink-erator
  • The Legacy Companies
  • Nemco
  • Nexel
  • Nor-Lake
  • Univex
  • Sharp
To read more about this project, visit:

Delancey Street Foundation

Country's leading self-help organization for substance abusers, ex-convicts, homeless and others who have hit rock bottom.

 

The Delancey Street Foundation is considered to be the “world’s most successful organization” (Parade Magazine) for helping people who have hit rock bottom in their lives.

As a State Certified Vocational School, they provide three marketable skills to every resident so they can be responsible citizens. One of their unique features is that they accept no government funds and charge no fees to their clients.  Delancey Street reached out to Cooking Up Better Lives in hopes of receiving a much needed donation to be used in their culinary arts vocational school/restaurant.

In just two short weeks, Cooking Up Better Lives was able to procure the Delancey Street’s entire wish list.

The following Dealers and Vendors were more than willing to show their generosity:

Although this wish-list is short, these items are valued at almost $15,000!! The Delancey Street Foundation was very grateful to have such a wish fulfilled.

Care Link

Adult Day Program

 

Care Link, an adult day program in Boulder, Colorado lost almost everything in the floods of 2013.

Care Link reached out to Cooking Up Better Lives, only asking for a new Convection Oven. Because an act as simple as making cookies once again would lift spirits, bring back good memories, as well as add a homelike atmosphere to welcome back many of their members.

Cooking Up Better Lives was more than happy to put them in touch with Tundra Restaurant Supply, also in Boulder, who generously donated a new, Waring Convection Oven.

It truly warms our hearts to help others who are so deserving! It really makes our every day’s efforts worth it. And a HUGE thank you to Tundra!

Enjoy the cookies, pies and other delectable creations Care Link!

Senior Support Services

Day Center for Hungry and Homeless Seniors

 

Senior Support Services received a BUNN coffee grinder ($500 value) in collaboration with a donation of coffee beans to assist in serving fresh, hot coffee to over 2,000 homeless senior citizens who call Denver, Colorado home.

The day center is a safe place to spend time, socialize with others, and participate in activities. Kindness can come in many forms, including in a fresh, warm cup of coffee.

Cooking Up Better Lives was more than happy to assist in this much needed matchmaking!

Old Savannah City Mission

Changing lives by feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, rehabilitating the addict and restoring the offender.

In 2012, the OSCM served 125,360 meals and sheltered 29,019 beds.

This nominee was brought forth by one of Excell’s Dealers, Arnaldo Torres from Savannah Restaurant Equipment who is very passionate about helping the less fortunate and taking on this project in collaboration with Cooking Up Better Lives.

The following Dealers and Vendors were more than willing to show their generosity:

  • Front Range Equipment Source: Dishwasher
  • Southbend: Commercial Oven Range
  • Pitco: Gas Fryer
  • NorLake: Reach-In Freezer and Reach-In Refrigerator
  • SupremeMetal: Hot Food Table

These very grateful donations are valued at almost $25,000 and will bring the kitchen up to code requirements, and help the OSCM serve the increased number of meals that have become so challenging over the past couple of years in a small and outdated kitchen.

Urban Peak The Spot

Assisting young people to overcome poverty and homelessness by offering services and support to become self-reliant adults.

More than a dozen non-profits submitted requests to be in the 2011 selection for the Better Lives Makeover in Denver. Urban Peak, the largest homeless youth shelter and drop-in center in the Rocky Mountain region, was selected by the advisory board of Cooking Up Better Lives. Completed in November 2011, Urban Peak completed its new drop-in center and commercial grade kitchen, providing more than 6,000 hot meals to be served annually.