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House Bill 793 was passed into law after Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenaur spaonsored this bill with the co-sponsorship of Rep. Peter DeFazio and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici. Once enacted, the SBA including a provision to exclude all nonprofit organizations, without explanation, from making application to the Restaurant Revitalization Fund Grant. Like so many other 501 (c)(3) nonprofits, we desperately need this funding to help maintain payroll while working hard to return our business operations to the profitability we maintained before COVID.
Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden and Sen. Jeff Merkely joined these Representatives in sending a letter to SBA Administrator Isabella Guzman requesting reconsideration of the policy. Of course, we understand that we are part of a small number of nonprofit organizations, across the Nation, that would qualify to make application, but we do qualify in most all of the categories that are listed on the SBA Program Guide.
Please follow this link to a recent article in the Register Guard about this situation :
Would you please consider signing this online petition asking the SBA to change their policy on excluding qualifying nonprofit organizations from making application ?
Since the new year, we have been fortunate to have received so much good will, generosity and kind support from so many neighbors and community friends. Your help is affirming to us that you value our Mission and the quality and service of our food and baked goods. Without the contributions you and so many of your friends have made, Reality Kitchen Nonprofit would not have been able to reopen our doors and continue operations. For that, and so much more, we are very grateful and thank you, so much !
Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 am until 3 pm you can get your bread and pastries and other baked goodies, as well as enjoy options from our food menu from our Pickup Window. You can call ahead and place your order too !
Call us at 541.505.8867
The donations we received from ReMax Integrity Foundation and Thabet Investments allowed us to find a professional deep cleaning service, CleanMex Inc. to clean and sanitize our entire facility. This was important to assure our staff and customers a safe work environment for us to begin returning back to production and employment.
Also during this time, we were so grateful to be recognized for our ongoing commitment to our neighborhood and the larger community, as well as our Mission by so many individual donors, organizations and funding sources ! These included a significant grant from the Oregon Community Foundation to support our curriculum development and the salary for a Program Assistant.
We are also grateful for the near daily efforts of our Board of Directors and our friends at Banner Bank who did so much to help us qualify for the Federal Payroll Protection Program funds. Thanks to the work of many committed volunteers and community supporters, we were able to reopen our front cafe on a limited schedule with our Hard Times Menu.
Unfortunately, we lost most of our wholesale accounts, partially because they needed to go elsewhere during our closure. Some have not reopened and many are not able to predict what their sales will be from day to day and week to week, making it difficult to return our baking staff to full time employment.
We are so very grateful to those businesses who have remained with us and all our loyal and dedicated customers, neighbors and friends who have continued to support our efforts to remaining open. We know we all can make it through this time, as long as we remain focused on doing this together !
We will continue to do our best to help those who need it the most.
Lucy Bug Color by Numbers Community Mural Project
Our “color-by-numbers” Community Mural Project is coming together and about ready to invite you to come and be part of it ! We are asking anyone who wants to be part of making our “Lucy Bug” come back to life at our Pickup Window at Reality Kitchen, 645 River Rd., to come down next week and take part in making it happen.
Lucy was my neighbor, back in Gainesville. Florida, for more than 10 years. She was Emmitt Smith’s aunt. She was the dearest person and loved me like only a Grandmother could. I chopped her wood, celebrated life events and cried and laughed together with her when that’s what we needed.
At our first incarnation of Reality Kitchen here in Eugene, on Van Buren in the Whit, we gathered together as a community and painted this same art on the side of our building there. It got painted over after we left the hood and now, we are so happy to share her loving smile and joy with y’all again, here where Reality Kitchen is still cookin’ !
C’mon down and join us in celebrating a lovely lady and dear spirit as we join together as a community and bring back the color as we “kick at the darkness until it bleeds daylight !”
A perfect example of the power of many committed visionaries coming together as one to make all the difference to a local nonprofit organization in times of need is how members of the Impact Club of Eugene have stepped up to help us to fund the development of software we need to deliver our curriculum online !
A heartfelt thanks to Robert Grand and each and every one of the individual members of the Impact Club of Eugene and their ongoing support of our community !
We are so grateful to Lori Galvin for her kind and ongoing commitment to our organization and the generous support of the ReMax Integrity Foundation. The sales team members pool their monies to fund many organizations each year and show what it means to be Building Community !
With this donation we are able to install a covered roof over the front of our cafe to offer our customers year round outdoor seating, as well as supporting our Employment Path Program !