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West Palm Beach Non-Profit Kitchen, Café Joshua, Wins Ecolab $25,000 Clean Makeover Contest

Ecolab has selected Café Joshua, a non-profit kitchen in West Palm Beach, Fla., as the second winner of its Clean Makeover Contest, which invited foodservice operators to explain why they could use extra help from Ecolab. Café Joshua will receive up to $25,000 of Ecolab equipment, products and services to enhance the cleanliness and efficiency of its operations.

Entries in the Ecolab Clean Makeover Contest ranged from humbling to humorous, but all shared a common theme: a desire to maintain a high degree of cleanliness under sometimes challenging conditions.

“From the hundreds of entries we received, Café Joshua’s essay captured our attention because of the organization’s impact on the local community,” said Kevin Rowley, senior marketing manager, Ecolab Institutional Foodservice. “The organization feeds the homeless, helps clients develop life skills and prepares them for work in the foodservice industry. Café Joshua also recently launched a corporate catering business to help support their efforts.”

Through Café Joshua’s programs, students learn on-site food preparation and kitchen operations, including food safety regulations and best practices in kitchen sanitation. Over the past three years, the program has successfully graduated 54 students. Many go on to work in catering and foodservice careers in local restaurants and hotels, medical centers, banquet and dining halls and school districts.

“We understand the importance of maintaining a clean kitchen environment, and that's why Ecolab’s expertise is so welcomed,” said Robert Coleman, director of Food Service at Café Joshua. “They provide best-in-class food safety practices that will benefit our students, our corporate catering business and our food programs for the homeless.”

The Clean Makeover Contest prize package, valued at up to $25,000, includes:
  • An Ecolab rental dishmachine with innovative Apex2 technology
  • Ecolab Pest Elimination service
  • An Ecolab Cleaning Caddy for touch-free restroom cleaning
  • Assorted cleaning products and tools for kitchen operations, including detergents, sanitizers, floor and glass cleaners and hand care products
  • Ice Machine Smart Care SM Performance Check service
  • Water filtration equipment for an ice machine and postmix beverages
  • A food safety evaluation and coaching session
  • A Prep-n-Print food labeling system

“Research shows how important cleanliness is to the success of foodservice operations,” explained Rowley. “Disciplined programs ensure a consistent high level of cleanliness and safety. The Ecolab Clean Makeover Contest is our way of helping Café Joshua build on their existing programs for even greater impact and to emphasize to their students the importance of cleanliness in the foodservice industry.”

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