Dime Foundation Awards $13,000 to Westerly Area Rest Meals (WARM)

Dime Bank Foundation has awarded a $13,000 grant to Westerly Area Rest Meals (WARM) for a walk-in refrigerator and freezer for their new facility located at 54 Spruce Street in Westerly. The grant will be funded over two years.
The new facility almost doubles their current seating capacity to 45 and allows them to serve 5,000 more meals, including the number of bagged lunches delivered each year through the Children’s Summer Lunch program.
Russ Partridge, WARM’s executive director, said that, “WARM is very grateful to Dime Bank for its generous donation, which allowed us to purchase new refrigerator equipment for our new kitchen”.
In addition, the new soup kitchen has room to implement a planned food-service training program. WARM and other organizations have identified food-service as a growing industry in need of entry-level workers. Local chefs will volunteer their time and expertise to the new Hospitality Training program.
WARM was incorporated in 1987 with a mission to “offer each guest three basic expressions of hospitality; a warm meal, a warm bed and a warm welcome.”  WARM has since become a social-service center with eight programs.  These programs implement a 19-bed shelter and community soup kitchen and a Community Critical Needs program, which helps some of the most vulnerable with utility bills, rent, prescription assistance, gas, and other basic needs.
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