Bakery company Finsbury Food Group says it is finalising new premium cakes ranges for Morrisons, the Co-operative Group and Asda, following premium relaunches with Somerfield, Sainsbury’s and Tesco last year.The company, which announced a half-year sales growth of 5% in its Memory Lane Cakes business compared to the same 2005 period and an 18% year-on-year increase for its Nicholas & Harris subsidiary in a trading update this week, said it is working on new ranges for launch in March to April. Finsbury’s chief executive Dave Brooks told British Baker that its Memory Lane and Campbells businesses are making most of the products concerned.Meanwhile, Finsbury’s California Cake Company bakery is awaiting official organic certification and is expected to launch its first organic cake slice in late January 2007. Brooks said: “Six months ago, we decided to go for organic certification so we could produce organic cakes at the site.”The first quarter of 2007 will also see a push on its Nestlé range as well as new celebration cakes being introduced.
The Upper Valley Haven, Inc in White River Junction has been awarded $250,000 by The Kresge Foundation as part of its effort to offset the effects of the recession. Feeding the hungry, assisting those least able to pursue a college degree, and advancing energy efficiency in low-income communities exemplify The Kresge Foundation’s desire to improve the long-term life circumstances of the poor and, in response to the nation’s severe economic contraction, bring some immediate relief to those in greatest need.At their September board meeting the Trustees of the foundation approved 208 awards totaling $43,698,088 for nonprofit organizations in 26 states, the District of Columbia and South Africa in the areas of human services, education, environment, arts and culture, health and community development.”We are trying to lead by example,” says Elaine D. Rosen, chair of the Kresge board of Trustees. “We are supporting exemplary nonprofit organizations in this time of financial hardship so they, in turn, may better serve and sustain those suffering in their communities.”Feeding the hungryThe 85-year-old foundation awarded Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief agency, a $2.5 million program-related investment to finance the purchase of 20 to 25 refrigerated trucks. The trucks will be used by organizations in their 63,000-member network of food banks and mobile pantries to acquire and distribute donated food.”Program-related investments are below-market loans or equity investments made by private foundations for charitable purposes in nonprofit organizations that are advancing their strategic priorities,” explains Rip Rapson, president of The Kresge Foundation. “Feeding America clearly is doing a remarkable job of scaling its services to meet the accelerating need for food in this country. They will redistribute this money at no interest to member organizations for the purchase of refrigerated delivery trucks.”With the expansion of its delivery fleet, Feeding America estimates the amount of donated food it will be able to retrieve from grocery stores and redistribute will nearly double. To facilitate this significant expansion of its operations, Kresge also awarded the Chicago-based organization a $2.5 million grant to help defray the costs associated with operating the new trucks, including driver salaries and benefits, fuel, vehicle maintenance, and insurance.”Through our program-related investment and our operating support grant, we are helping to facilitate the delivery of greater amounts of safe, nutritious food to urban and underserved rural areas,” Rapson adds.Increasing access and success in higher educationKresge has been shifting its grantmaking in the education arena from its traditional support of facilities to the advancement of accessible, graduation-oriented two and four-year higher-education programs for students who are low-income and/or the first in their families to pursue a college degree. Three grants illustrate ways organizations are either helping low-income students navigate their way into college or continue their studies even when sidetracked by an unexpected financial challenge.The National Advising Corps at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received a $1 million award to expand its program of placing recent college graduates in underserved high schools and community colleges to work as college-access counselors, complementing the school’s guidance counselors by helping students plan for and complete the often-daunting college and financial aid application process.Unite L.A, which received a $900,000 award, assists Los Angeles senior high-school students who often unknowingly qualify for federal and state financial aid with the application process. The grant funds will be used to train and manage an additional 500 volunteer financial aid counselors, hold an annual college and career convention for some 13,000 participants, and create and broadcast a bilingual public awareness campaign for these support services.”We seek to support organizations with broad reach that already can demonstrate success at helping low-income students achieve post-secondary educational success,” Rapson explains. “Currently only half of all U.S. college students graduate within six years of beginning their studies.”For low-income college students, a major impediment to completing a two or four-year degree is an unexpected and often temporary financial challenge — a vehicle breakdown, or, for example, an unexpectedly high utility bill. Scholarship America’s Dreamkeepers program provides small, emergency loans to low-income community college students. The loans become grants, and therefore do not require repayment, if the student continues on in school in good standing. With a $1.5 million award from Kresge, a national network will be created to share Dreamkeepers best practices for replication around the country.Affordable and healthy energy efficient housingWith buildings and the activities within them accounting for more than 40 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, the Environment Program continues Kresge’s longstanding efforts to advance energy efficiency in building design and operation. Enterprise Community Partners, a Maryland-based national nonprofit dedicated to creating affordable housing communities for low- and moderate-income individuals and families, received a $1 million award to expand its Green Communities program.Enterprise has demonstrated it is possible to build and retrofit low-income housing to conserve energy and water and provide environmentally healthy living conditions for residents without compromising affordability. It offers grants, financing, tax-credit equity, and technical assistance to real estate developers for creating new or retrofitting existing low-income homes to meet the Green Communities Criteria, a recognized national standard for affordable, healthy environmentally sustainable housing.”Enterprise believes that green buildings should, by definition, promote both environmental and human health,” Rapson says. “Through the expansion of its Green Communities program, it will not only increase the quantity of affordable, healthy, energy efficient housing stock, but also show the residential real estate market that it is possible to bring cost-effective construction and renovation to scale.”Awards also were made in the arts and culture, health and community development fields.Here is a list of the awards approved in the third quarter of 2009:(This list includes current and future planned grants.) ARIZONA Sojourner Center Phoenix $100,000 CALIFORNIA Alameda County Medical Center Oakland $200,000 Consultative Group on Biological Diversity San Francisco $30,000 Foundation for California Community Colleges Sacramento $250,000 Oakland Public Library Oakland $325,000 Occidental College Los Angeles $163,306 Pacific Forest Trust, Inc. San Francisco $200,000 Pesticide Action Network North America San Francisco $340,000 San Francisco Museum and Historical Society San Francisco $50,000 Unite-LA, Inc. Los Angeles $900,000 COLORADO St. Francis Center Denver $100,000 Gathering Place Denver $100,000 Women’s Crisis and Family Outreach Center Castle Rock $125,000 CONNECTICUT Chrysalis Center, Inc. Hartford $100,000 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Brookings Institution Washington $150,000 Center for Climate Strategies Washington $74,640 Center for Science in the Public Interest Washington $83,000 George Washington University Washington $900,000 Grantmakers In Health Washington $15,000 Independent Sector Washington $10,000 FLORIDA Archbold Expeditions Venus $100,000 GEORGIA CHRIS Kids, Inc. Atlanta $800,000 Fernbank Museum of Natural History Atlanta $1,350,000 Georgia Tech Research Corporation Atlanta $157,000 HAWAII Domestic Violence Action Center Honolulu $100,000 IOWA Western Iowa Tech Community College Sioux City $800,000 ILLINOIS Active Transportation Alliance Chicago $300,000 Alliance for Water Efficiency Chicago $200,000 Animal Protective Association Chicago $50,000 Feeding America Chicago $2,500,000 Feeding America Chicago $2,500,000 Global Philanthropy Partnership Chicago $160,000 INDIANA Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana Indianapolis $1,000,000 Middle Way House, Inc. Bloomington $125,000 KANSAS Bethany College Lindsborg $50,000 Labette Community College Parsons $1,000,000 KENTUCKY Family Scholar House, Inc. Louisville $50,000 MASSACHUSETTS Alliance Foundation for Community Health, Inc. Cambridge $180,000 Castle Square Tenants Organization, Inc. Boston $50,000 Dorchester Bay Economic Development Dorchester Corporation $50,000 Health Resources in Action Boston $500,000 Union of Concerned Scientists, Inc. Cambridge $750,000 Urban Edge Housing Corp. Roxbury $75,000 MARYLAND Baltimore Community Foundation Baltimore $200,000 Baltimore Medical System, Inc. Baltimore $380,000 Development Training Institute Ellicott City $125,000 Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. Columbia $1,000,000 Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. Columbia $500,000 National Center for Healthy Housing, Inc. Columbia $143,000 St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore Baltimore $350,000 MICHIGAN ARISE Detroit Detroit $125,000 ArtServe Michigan, Inc. Wixom $12,000 City Connect Detroit Detroit $600,000 Ecology Center, Inc. Ann Arbor $75,000 Eduguide Lansing $300,000 Focus: HOPE Detroit $250,000 Harriet Tubman Center – Detroit Detroit $450,000 Kalamazoo Cultural Center Kalamazoo $200,000 Matrix Human Services Detroit $300,000 Michigan Legal Services Detroit $100,000 Michigan Nonprofit Association Lansing $50,000 Michigan Nonprofit Association Lansing $1,000,000 Michigan Nonprofit Association Lansing $1,015,000 Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Detroit Inclusion $200,000 Newaygo County Community Services Fremont $150,000 Vista Maria Dearborn Heights $500,000 Volunteers in Prevention, Probation & Prisons, Detroit Inc. $75,000 MINNESOTA Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota St. Paul $100,000 Scholarship America, Inc. – Minneapolis Minneapolis $1,500,000 Wind on the Wires St. Paul $100,000 NORTH CAROLINA The University of North Carolina at Chapel Chapel Hill Hill $1,000,000 NEW HAMPSHIRE Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua, Inc. Nashua $100,000 NEW YORK Coalition for the Homeless, Inc. New York $100,000 Common Ground New York $75,000 Creative Capital Foundation New York $1,500,000 Family & Children’s Service of Niagara, Inc. Niagara Falls $300,000 MDRC New York $650,000 Nonprofit Finance Fund New York $4,000,000 Lower Eastside Girls Club of NY New York $1,500,000 OHIO ABLE, Inc. & Legal Aid of Western Ohio Toledo $100,000 Cleveland Zoological Society Cleveland $725,000 PENNYSYLVANIA East End Cooperative Ministry Pittsburgh $50,000 La Comunidad Hispana, Inc. Kennett Square $175,000 Meals on Wheels and More Austin $500,000 Opportunity House Reading $250,000 YWCA of York York $100,000 TENNESEE Appalachian Resource Conservation and Jonesborough Development Council $50,000 Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Knoxville $500,000 TEXAS Austin Children’s Shelter Austin $100,000 Corpus Christi Metro Ministries Corpus Christi $150,000 Daughters of Charity Services of San Antonio San Antonio $100,000 Sports And Outdoor Recreation San Antonio $400,000 Women’s Home Houston $150,000 VIRGINIA Center for Health, Environment and Justice Falls Church $400,000 Project HOPE Millwood $26,156 United Negro College Fund, Inc. Fairfax $1,800,000 VERMONT The Upper Valley Haven, Inc. White River Junction $250,000 WASHINGTON Boys & Girls Club of King County Seattle $75,000 Catholic Charities of Spokane Spokane $75,000 Grantmakers in the Arts Seattle $165,000 KCTS Television – The Public Network Seattle $100,000 YWCA of Spokane Spokane $100,000 SOUTH AFRICA Cape Peninsula University of Technology Bellville $48,266 Children’s Hospital Trust Rondebosch, Cape Town $128,750 South African Institute for Advancement Woodstock $638,343 University of Pretoria Pretoria $255,234 University of the Western Cape Bellville $123,996 University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg $74,397 For more information, contact Cynthia Shaw, [email protected](link sends e-mail) or call 248-643-9630.SOURCE The Kresge Foundation. TROY, Mich., Oct. 12, 2009 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —