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The Warming House, St. Bonaventure University’s student-run soup kitchen in Olean, has received a $4,104 grant from the Dr. Lyle F. Renodin Foundation.
The money will be used to purchase healthy and nutritious food, cleaning and food service supplies and to fund an appreciation dinner, said Jeffrey Sved, director of SBU’s Franciscan Center for Social Concern. The Warming House is under the FCSC umbrella.
“The Warming House is a special place that will continue to thrive with this grant,” said graduate student D.J. Mitchell, program manager for the Warming House. “There is a community in that building that comes for more than just the nourishment. The Franciscan values that St. Bonaventure holds proud are on display Sunday through Friday in Olean and we are thrilled to sustain it for years to come.”
The grant application specified $3,000 for healthy food, $1,000 for supplies — “since a clean facility is a welcoming one,” Sved said — and $104 for a year-end dinner to recognize the student meal coordinators. Why $104?
“The number is meant to remind of us of St. Francis, whose feast is celebrated on that day (10/4) and in whose footsteps we live and serve,” Sved said.
The Warming House is hosting the Food Bank of WNY’s “Just Say Yes” workshops this semester to promote healthier eating, and SBU senior Alexa Zak’s honors project is aimed at teaching the Warming House community the importance of nutrition and demonstrating simple yet effective ways to live healthier.
“My hope for the project is to raise nutrition awareness and provide a foundation for the Warming House community to continue to make healthy lifestyle changes,” Zak said.
The Renodin Foundation provides grants for programs and projects whose public charitable purposes are carried out in a manner consistent with the tradition of the Franciscan Sisters. Grant awards show a connection to the mission of the Foundation and assist the needy, underprivileged, elderly, developmentally disabled, handicapped, or economically disadvantaged.
The foundation is attentive to the religious tradition and pastoral mission of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and committed to the Gospel stance of social justice, which is lived out in a spirit of love, healing and compassion.
The foundation focuses its energy and resources primarily in the Twin Tiers and strives to improve the quality of life of the region’s poor and marginalized neighbors.
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