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Giving Back 2017-03-16T15:13:33+00:00

GIVING BACK

Our profits support Billings Forge Community Works, a driving force for community participation and empowerment in Hartford’s Frog Hollow neighborhood.

CULINARY JOB TRAINING

We prepare residents with multiple barriers to employment for jobs through training at our two social enterprises; The Kitchen and the Kitchen at the Hartford Public Library. 86% of our trainees have successfully completed our training or left early for a job.

FARMERS MARKET

We host the only year round farmers market in Greater Hartford that provides access to fresh, healthy and local food to residents and other stakeholders who live and work in the area. In 2015, our Farmers Market provided over $12,000 in healthy food incentives to low-income residents through grants and individual donations to our double value coupon program.

COMMUNITY GARDEN

Our residents work together with Billings Forge Community Work staff to grow over 600 pounds of food each season. The produce which is grown increases easy access to fresh healthy food, serves as ingredients for our community cooking classes and at our social enterprises and Firebox, and reduces food insecurity for our residents.

YOUTH & FAMILIES

Residents of our community benefit from a wide range of engagement programs for youth and families which reduce isolation, strengthen community identity, and increase opportunities for residents to learn from each other. We provide everything from cooking classes for youths and families, a community center, and celebrations including Back to School BBQ, Fall Harvest Festival, Holiday Parties, and other weekly events.