In support of Pike Market Child Care & Preschool (PMCCP), a preschool located within walking distance from the Fonté Cafe in the heart of Downtown Seattle, Fonté Coffee Roaster presented a $15,000 check to the preschool on February 20th to benefit the nutrition program. Fonté Cafe Manager Marc Ank presented the check to Director of Pike Place Market Child Care & Preschool Ilene Stark in celebration of their 35th year serving the child care and education needs of Seattle’s youngest children three months through five years old.
Only 13 percent of PMCCP’s income comes from government subsidies, so they rely heavily on the parent community’s and business neighbor network to help support their services. For the last seven years, Fonté has supported the organization by donating all profits of the Holiday Blend coffee sales in store and online.
“The Pike Market Preschool is not only a lifeline for families, but it is a tradition in the middle of Seattle’s liveliest and educational tourist attraction. Fonté is proud to be a part of the community support of a neighbor that educates and empowers children and helps local working families,” says Ank.
This year’s donation supplements nearly 50 percent of PMCCP’s annual nutrition program cost. PMCCP is committed to nurturing 70 percent of their students’ daily nutritional needs by providing two meals and two afternoon snacks. “Food is so important for the well being of our kids, who’re learning to eat beautiful foods — real greens, no artificial sugars, and made from scratch meals and snacks,” says Stark. “Fonté is making that possible. They’re choosing to do something that’s really impacting the health of our students. We see Fonté as champions for children!”
About Pike Market Child Care & Preschool
Pike Market Child Care & Preschool’s mission is to ensure access to high quality care for families of all income levels and circumstances. They’ve grown from serving 35 children daily in the 1980s to serving 65 children (ages 3 months – 5 years) every day. In addition, PMCCP is nationally accredited for their student to staff ratio, which surpasses the Washington State’s standard. PMCCP believes that they are an extension of family in which deep and meaningful, long lasting relationships are cultivated and cherished.
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