Yakima's Carey Motors has announced a donation drive to help out Urban Kitchen, a Yakima-based organization that helps teens learn culinary, food safety and business skills.

Urban Kitchen's director, Shawn Niles, is the lead pastor at Dad's House Church -- he's also a chef who was named one of the nation's top 40 home chefs during the eighth season of Gordon Ramsey's "MasterChef" program.

In addition to cooking and business skills, Urban Kitchen's three-month program emphasizes personal values, hope and self-confidence, according to a news release issued today (July 19) by Carey Motors.

Working firsthand with local business leaders, students learn all about running a business, from developing a marketing plan to actually operating a pop-up restaurant that stays open for three nights.

From now through Aug. 12, Carey Motors is seeking donations to help Urban Kitchen. Donated items can be dropped off at the car lot, 3204 Fruitvale Blvd.

For more information, contact Brandon at Carey Motors, (509) 248-1500.

Meantime, here are some of the things Urban Kitchen needs:

Gift cards to:

  • Grocery stores
  • Bed, Bath and Beyond
  • Bargreen Ellingson, 207 S. Fifth Ave.

Non-perishable food items:

  • Any dry spices
  • Tomato sauce
  • Tomato paste
  • Tomato puree
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Various dry pasta
  • Evaporated milk
  • Condensed milk
  • Honey
  • Maple syrup
  • Agave syrup
  • Cornmeal
  • Quinoa
  • Farro
  • Bread crumbs
  • Various seeds & nuts (pepitas, sunflower, almond,, macadamia, peanuts)
  • Peanut butter
  • Olives
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Anchovies
  • Liquid Smoke

Cookware and tools:

  • Spatulas
  • Wooden spoons
  • Cutting boards
  • Large packages of plastic forks/spoons
  • Non-stick saute pans
  • Non-stick sauce pans
  • Roboku or 8-cup food processor
  • Kitchen Aide
  • Kitchen mattes
  • Corel plates/bowls/etc.
  • Panini Press
  • Vacuum sealer
  • Sous Vide/immersion circulator
  • Individual induction burners (seven of them, ideally)