Posted by Irma Kaminska - RC Olsztyn Varmia, Rotary Foundation Club Officer
Dear District 6250 and the Rotary Clubs of Mayville, Beaver Dam, Columbus and Waupun,
 
I hope all is well with you, especially in terms of fast spreading coronavirus. Here in Poland situation changes very fast, all schools were closed yesterday and we expect further measures to be introduces even tomorrow.  In those challenging times, I would like to share some positive news with you, with regards to Social Kitchen project. 
 
Attached you may see the second report about Global Grant Social Kitchen, showing key events since the first report, which I shared in August 2019.  Social Kitchen Report Link with Picture.
 
Read more below for details on the fire and the rebirth of the Social Kitchen.
As you remember, after we completed the Global Grant, in October a fire destroyed 2/3 of the building, where the Social Kitchen was placed. The losses were estimated for 1 million Euro.  With great support from the local, regional and countrywide communities and also insurance coverage (80% of the losses) the venue has been restored again. We got support from Rotary Clubs also.  Now, in March 2020 the venue is open again and the gastronomy vocational trainings should start shortly. 
 
Food Bank is closely monitoring COVID-19 situation and the start of trainings may be delayed for that reason, but technically all is ready now. 
 
We will keep you posted on the further developments.  Wish you all the best and stay healthy.