Grace, bunnies and chocolate come together at Fresh Start Cafe & Bakery this April.
The downtown business at 24 N. Sandusky St. is hosting a raffle for a 39-pound and an 11-pound chocolate bunnies that will run until 5 p.m. April 14. Ninety percent of the ticket sales will go to Grace Clinic Delaware, a faith-based medical clinic that serves under-insured and uninsured community members. The remaining 10 percent goes to administrative costs to allow the bakery break even on processing sales.
“We want to support what Grace Clinic is doing,” said Fresh Start co-owner Todd Daughenbaugh.
Families and individuals that live below 200 percent of the federal poverty line are eligible for care at the clinic. A family four can receive care for up to $49,000 a year, said Nicole Steffanni, a nurse coordinator at the clinic.
“Our patients come in and don’t pay for any kind of medical care,” she said.
Celebrating 10 years of service, the clinic has about 130 volunteers including doctors and nurses. They provide sick visits, dental and vision care along with women’s health, physical therapy and nutrition classes. The clinic is open 9 a.m. to noon Mondays and 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at 40 S. Franklin St. near downtown. About 10 to 25 patients visit each session.
“It’s kind of the best kept secret in Delaware,” Steffanni said.
Volunteers at the clinic developed a relationship with Fresh Start by coming in for the coffee and sweet delicacies. Fresh Start started donating its leftovers to the clinic every Wednesday.
The drawing will take place at 5:30 p.m. April 14. Winners do not need to be present but have until 9 p.m. to pick up their prizes that day or from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. the next day.
Gazette reporter Brandon Klein can be reached by email or on Twitter at @brandoneklein.