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Okay guys, put your thinking caps on. I may have found a commercial

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Posted to Thread #17939 at 10:41 pm on Mar 17, 2010

kitchen to work out of. I am hopefully starting up with the FM this spring. I had to find a commercial kitchen to use. They are even more rigid here than they were in S.D. The kitchen I found, thanks to some very nice people that I have met here and a string of coincidences, is in a homeless shelter. It is a one-year-old facility with a gorgeous commercial kitchen. I cannot afford to pay rent and they need money. I am trying to work out something with them where I would contribute a a percentage of my sales directly to the shelter. It would benefit me because I don't expect my sales to be that good in the beginning. I am going to submit a business plan/offer to them and see what happens.

Here is where I need your help. They want to develop a cottage industry, is the term she used, in order to make money for the shelter. It is a homeless shelter for the chronically homeless with disabilities. Someone on the board suggested making ready-to-bake pizzas to sell. I told her that I didn't think that was the best idea because of all the steps involved. I am trying to brainstorm something for them to sell. They are thinking dinner casseroles but I am thinking chips and fresh salsa. Simple, easy to package inexpensively, and popular.

Has anyone ever done something like this before? I want to help them because I think there is a good potential there and these are some of the nicest people I have ever met. Any fundraising out there that you have done for shelters? How did you do it? How did you get the word out there? Etc. Thanks for any help you can offer!

Sometimes you just need to look reality in the eye, and deny it. �Garrison Keillor

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