New cash for Austin community kitchen


Eoin Devereux
Neepawa Banner & Press

Eight community centres across Manitoba, including one in Austin, will split more than $84,000 to purchase and install new commercial-grade kitchen equipment. “With this funding, our government is investing in the future of food innovation, product development and Manitoba’s entrepreneurial spirit,” said Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler. “Community centres are often the launching pad for new food products, giving Manitobans access to the space and equipment needed to grow from a home-based business into something more. This is an important investment in community-led economic development and local value-added processing.”

Austin and District Community Club Inc. will receive more than $10,400. Eileen Clarke, MLA for Agassiz recently noted that she’s very pleased to see this significant investment into Austin’s community hall.

“This grant will allow the club to enhance food product development opportunities for local entrepreneurs, as well the services provided to the community as a whole.” said Clarke.

Funding for this grant to the Austin and District Community Club is provided by Manitoba Agriculture and will be used to purchase and install a double convection oven for the club’s community hall.

Other community kitchens that received funding for new equipment included:

- Holland Community Hall. ($8,200)

- Steinbach Legion, Branch 190. ($14,300)

- Cooks Creek Community Centre. ($6,800)

- Rural Municipality of Roblin ($12,500)

- Town of Swan River ($10,000)

- Riverview Community Centre - Winnipeg. ($8,600)

- Fort Whyte Alive - Winnipeg. ($13,200)