THE NEW GREEN: CLiCK support local food market
Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 3, 2013 22:10
If you are interested in food sustainability, cooperative movements, or community development, you will definitely want to get involved with CLiCK. CLiCK stands for Commercially Licensed Cooperative Kitchen, Inc. and is based in Willimantic. It is an initiative to finance and build a kitchen that community members could then use to process food products and make a profit, instead of having to finance their own commercially licensed kitchen. As stated on CLiCK’s website: “The initial impetus for CLiCK was to provide local farmers a place to process their goods so as to increase their profit. For example, ‘a pound of salsa brings in more profit than a pound of unprocessed tomatoes.’ CLiCK is founded on cooperative values such as self-help, democracy, equality and solidarity.”
The group was founded in 2009 and is a completely grassroots effort, composed of local community members who value food, sustainability and community. The kitchen has not yet been constructed, but CLiCK is currently in negotiations to move into the “Neighborhood Center” next to the Access Agency at 1315 Main Street and they have already received their 501c3 status as a nonprofit organization.
Providing a licensed kitchen for farmers and culinary entrepreneurs is an exciting and creative way to widen the local food market, but CLiCK’s mission extends far beyond that. The group’s core mission is to promote community. The website states that CLiCK hopes to create a “community food center,” with a community garden, experiential education programs for youth, job training for low-income residents and programs on healthy eating and food preparation.
CLiCK is concerned with both food sovereignty and food security, explaining on its website that “food security focuses on economic access to food, where food sovereignty stresses basic human rights to food.” The website also contains links to learn more about these two concepts.
If you believe that everyone has a right to nutritious food or want to support the local food market, contact CLiCK today. Tonight (Friday, Oct. 4) you have the opportunity to support CLiCK while enjoying local food, music, and wine tasting at their fundraiser event at Black Eyed Sally’s in Hartford. You can also attend a board meeting, held on the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Covenant Soup Kitchen in Willimantic.