Emeril Lagasse Foundation staff visited community grant recipients.
Earlier this year, Emeril Lagasse Foundation granted over $300,000 to three New Orleans-based non-profits. This summer, the Foundation staff had the privilege of visiting a few of these wonderful organizations to see how what they’re doing inspires, mentors and enables youth.
In July, we spent the day with Second Harvest Food Bank to learn about their Summer Feeding programs. We met at the Second Harvest warehouse where volunteers were busy cooking and packing up lunches for the day. This summer, Second Harvest will serve over 200,000 meals at 60 sites in Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Lafourche, Evangeline, Iberia & Vermillion Parishes. Next stop on the tour was one of these summer camp sites, Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center. We visited with the campers during their lunch, which was Chicken Fricassee with Mushroom Gravy, Rice Pilaf and Succotash. The campers had a great time discussing what their favorite vegetables were and what they liked about summer camp.
Later that month, we stopped by the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) Summer Arts Camp for the end of the week showcase. Each week the CAC campers explore a different book that presents brave characters who use their imaginations to solve problems that make the world a better place. The selected award-winning and bestselling children’s books will inform and inspire campers as they explore in and through our five art forms: music, visual arts, culinary, theater, and dance.
This week, the campers read The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Manus Pinkwater. They created art pieces based on the book, sang a song in rhythms, created an interactive video, and performed a dance. In culinary arts class, they made fruit pizzas as a healthy and fun snack.
Finally, we stopped by the Youth Empowerment Program’s 2015 Summer Camp talent show, titled “Around the World in 80 Days,” The show gave campers the chance to demonstrate the new skills and knowledge they gained from the variety of activities they participated in this summer. YEP served 79 youth this summer, ages 7-13 with fun, free and engaging summer experience. Campers participated in a variety of field trips, culinary, arts and crafts, music, dance and computer literacy and more.
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