A $56,242 grant from the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority will allow the Community Renewal Team to modernize its licensed commercial kitchen where over 5,000 meals per day are prepared for children and seniors.
CRT was selected as one of only 18 nonprofits to receive funding from CHEFA’s highly competitive Client Grant Program this year.
The Elderly and Child Nutrition Programs, located at 555 Windsor St., Hartford, provide meals to the agency’s Early Care and Education sites, school and summer programs, homebound elders and senior cafés throughout central Connecticut. All meals are prepared on-site and delivered by a fleet of 24 CRT heated/cooled trucks. The grant allows CRT to replace appliances that are more than 30 years old, require frequent repairs and use excessive energy. CRT will install a state-of-the-art dishwasher, industrial food mixer and cutter, and roll-in refrigerator (which holds racks of perforated trays, used for wrapped home delivered meals). The new models will improve safety, increase productivity and operate in a more energy efficient manner, thereby saving on utility costs.
At the same time, a news release from the CRT said, it is using other funding to make two improvements that will reduce energy efficiency: Install air curtains for the loading dock to reduce the loss of heat/cooling as vehicles are loaded; and purchase GPS routing software for the entire fleet to increase the efficiency and improve on time delivery of meals.