Tillamook Creamery donates $2,500 to Providence teaching kitchen

June 28, 2018

Fun happens in the teaching kitchen when Providence Foundations caregivers Lesley Townsend and Lori Sweeney (left) join Eva Wilson and Elizabeth Parker from Tillamook County Creamery Association (right) in making a tasty, nutritious dessert for lunch.

Tillamook County Creamery Association recently donated $2,500 to support the Community Teaching Kitchen at Providence Milwaukie Hospital.

The money will be used to purchase protein-rich foods and vegetables that are not otherwise available to healthy-cooking class participants.

Five members from the Tillamook Creamery toured the teaching kitchen with Providence Foundations caregivers and program staff. They saw the impact their gift would have, participated in a hands-on cooking lesson, and enjoyed the tasty and healthy lunch they had prepared.

The grant resulted from a request written by Providence Foundations of Oregon, approved by Tillamook’s Community Enrichment Committee, and endorsed by Linda Pearce, chief financial officer of Tillamook Creamery and a member of Providence St. Vincent Council of Trustees.

“Thank you, Tillamook County Creamery Association, for your commitment to making a meaningful difference in the lives of our most vulnerable patients,” says Heidi Davis, manager of the teaching kitchen program.


Sarah Beaubien from Tillamook Creamery prepares vegetables for a nutritious stir-fry lunch at the teaching kitchen.

“It is partnership and support such as this that facilitates families’ access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.”

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The Community Teaching Kitchen is a one-stop shop for people who are food insecure or in need of a diet change due to illness or disease. Program participants can see a registered dietitian, pick up healthful foods at an onsite food pantry, and attend healthy-cooking classes.