Neighbors for Kids receives USDA grant for improvements


Neighbors for Kids, a nonprofit in Depoe Bay that offers after-school and educational activities for children, recently received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

Children attending this nonprofit’s after-school and summer programs receive meals, but some of the kitchen equipment is nearing the end of its useful life. Other equipment no longer has sufficient capacity to accommodate the increasingly high number of meals needed given expanded enrollment. 

Neighbors for Kids will use $55,615 in USDA grants to make updates, including installing a larger commercial oven and range, a commercial ventilation hood and a new freezer. Sinks and faucets will be replaced throughout the facility, as well. The new sinks will be motion activated to improve hygiene. 

The grant will also be used to install an iron safety fence around the front of the facility, which faces a busy highway. Additionally, Neighbors for Kids was recently reclassified by the Oregon Department of Education due to the level of service it provides. The facility’s current smoke alarms do not meet the fire safety requirements of this new classification. Neighbors for Kids will use this USDA grant to install a more extensive fire sprinkler system, including sprinkler spouts in all interior rooms, additional lights and horns and a control keypad. To ensure a sufficient water supply, a four-inch water line will be installed to connect the facility to the city’s municipal water system.

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