MILWAUKEE – Ascension Health is partnering with a community organization to help bring more health resources to the people of Milwaukee.
Last year, Ascension Health donated $ 50,000 to Upstart Kitchen in the Sherman Park neighborhood of Milwaukee.
The location offers affordable kitchen space and support services to help business owners succeed. Ascension said its investment is helping to improve the health of the community by providing more nutritional options for community members.
“This provides an immediate need for people in the community who need healthy diets during OCIVD,” said Reggie Newson, Ascension Advocacy and Community Impact Manager. “We are creating economic opportunities for business owners and small business owners. ”
Tomira White is the owner of Delicious bites, which specializes in baked goods and savory dishes.
“I’m the best of both worlds,” White said. “I make more healthier options, but when it comes to desserts, I layer it in a thick layer.”
White said she was able to maintain her business using the Upstart Kitchen space.
“Being introduced to the community meals program has been instrumental, especially during COVID when most businesses are in trouble,” White said.
White works alongside many other business owners in the kitchen, like Breanna McIntee.
McIntee is the owner of Synly Delicious catering business. She said everyone who works in the kitchen processes tons of orders every week.
“We can use the space, prepare and do what we need to do rather than being looking for commercial space,” McIntee said. “There aren’t a lot of them in town, so I’m just grateful to have Upstart.”
Representatives from Upstart said the goal is to help spark dreams and build generational wealth in Milwaukee as they continue to work to improve the health of the community, one recipe at a time.