‘Quality used kitchen equipment and appliances’ will be used for center’s hot meals program, officials say

From Staff Reports

Bret Camp
Bret Camp

Officials at Resource Center Dallas announced last week that the agency has received “a sizable donation of quality used kitchen equipment and appliances” from the local franchisee for Red Mango yogurt.

The equipment will primarily be used to support the center’s weekday hot lunch program for people living with HIV/AIDS.

The equipment includes three stainless steel under-counter refrigerators, a double-door stainless steel freezer, an iced tea/coffee brewer, a refrigerated deli display case, a countertop convection oven, a couple of ice cream dipping cabinets and three stainless steel trash cans.

Officials said the refrigerators, freezer, tea/coffee brewer and trash cans were put to immediate use in the meals program.

Since the early 1990s, the center’s hot meals program serves a lunch to more than 100 HIV-positive clients each Monday through Friday.
Bret Camp, associate executive director for health and medical services at the center, said, “This generous donation from Red Mango will allow the meals program to easily store perishables and supplies for our lunches, and increase our ability to accept donations of perishable food products.

“We’re always grateful when businesses in our community support the center’s programs,” he added.

The franchise holder for the Dallas-area Red Mango stores, Bill Chinn, acquired the equipment when he took over a former restaurant space for a store location. The equipment had been in storage when the manager of the Red Mango at the Ilume on Cedar Springs read about the center’s “Hell Freezes Over” fundraiser to buy a new ice machine, and he suggested that the equipment could be put to use in the center’s hot meals program.

The Red Mango at Ilume also has a donation box in the store for the center, and so far has collected more than $400 for Center programs and services.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 27, 2010.