Inspiration can strike at any moment—and in the case of For Richmond’s latest community initiative—history has served as the muse.
For Richmond is pleased to announce it will partner with Café Soleil of El Sobrante to launch the “Soleil Kids Café” free breakfast program at the Pullman Point Apartments, an affordable housing complex located at 2989 Pullman Avenue in Richmond.
Credit must be attributed to the original Black Panther Party for providing the inspiration for the Soleil Kids Café. In 1969, the party rolled out the “Free Breakfast for School Children Program,” a free, before-school breakfast program in Oakland that was so successful it eventually grew to serve more than 10,000 children across the United States.
Given that the original Black Panthers provided the inspiration for the Soleil Kids Café, we thought it apropos to invite their co-founder to our breakfast program’s launch. And guess what? He accepted!
The one and only Bobby Seale—co-founder of the original Black Panther Party—will give a short talk to Pullman Point families at our first breakfast.
How’s that for some inspiration?
Launching Feb. 1, 2017, at 7 a.m.—with Mr. Seale in attendance—For Richmond’s Soleil Kids Café is a complimentary, midweek, daily breakfast program that will provide school-age children and their families at Pullman Point Apartments with a warm, nutritious meal to help power-up their brains for a successful day at school and beyond.
The Soleil Kids Café will be set up and served by community volunteers and Café Soleil staff in Pullman Point Apartments’ Community Kitchen, Mondays through Fridays in the early mornings when school is in session.
The new breakfast program is named “soleil” after the French word meaning “sun” to not only honor Café Soleil’s generosity with our breakfast program, but also to signify the partners’ aim of helping students shine like stars following a good meal.
It has been widely reported, including in this NPR article, that eating a good breakfast helps improve a child’s ability to learn at school.
“We are thrilled to welcome Mr. Seale to our breakfast launch and to join with our partner Café Soleil to offer Pullman Point Apartments’ school-age children and their families a nutritious breakfast to start the day off right,” said For Richmond Executive Director Kyra Worthy. “It’s an honor to serve the families of our community and to play a role in supporting their preparedness to succeed at school, and ultimately, in life.”
In November 2016, For Richmond established the Resident Resource Center at Pullman Point Apartments. Located within the A. Philip Randolph Community Center at the complex, the center provides an array of easily accessible community services specifically tailored to residents’ needs. The Soleil Kids Café is For Richmond’s first major program launching there with plenty more to come!
For more info, please contact Pullman Point Resident Resource Coordinator Monica Boyd at email@example.com or call 510-234-1295. Please direct media inquiries to Kathy Chouteau at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-599-6201.