Chef Emeril Lagasse and the Emeril Lagasse Foundation Board of Directors are proud to announce the award of more than $350,000.00 to six New Orleans-based organizations. The grants will support projects and initiatives aligned with the Foundation’s mission of creating opportunities to inspire, mentor and enable youth to reach their fullest potential through culinary, nutrition and arts education.
“My wife Alden and I are thrilled to provide funds to such deserving and rewarding organizations,” said Chef Emeril Lagasse. “We are forever grateful for the tremendous support of our board, generous donors and community partners that make it all possible, and we’re honored to continue giving back to our community.”
The Foundation awarded its spring 2018 community grants to beneficiaries, including:
- Broad Community Connections – To benefit its ReFresh Kids Programming, which offers programming to neighborhood youth ages 8-12 through gardening, nutrition, cooking and food justice education. Programming is designed to increase leadership skills and self-confidence while fostering a sense of community.
- Café Hope – To benefit its Seeds of Success Apprenticeship program. Combining full-service culinary training and life skills courses for opportunity youth, the program instills its students with the confidence to build fulfilling futures.
- Einstein Charter School – To support its popular High School Culinary Arts program to build and equip four cooking stations in the school’s kitchen lab. Einstein Charter High School operates a tuition-free open admissions network and incorporates Career and Technical Education courses with the overarching goal of preparing students to live a life of purpose.
- Louisiana Restaurant Association’s Education Fund – To benefit the School Support Fund, which will support ProStart programs throughout the state. The two-year program is the leading culinary and hospitality certification program for high school students that utilizes an industry-based curriculum, currently serving close to 2,000 juniors and seniors.
- Second Harvest Food Bank – To support its Summer Feeding and Kids Café programs which will reach 2,400 children at risk of hunger this year. Each year, Second Harvest Food Bank distributes approximately 34 million meals across 23 parishes in Louisiana.
- New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) – To support initiatives that assist NOCCA students’ learning and advancement as culinary artists and future industry members, including financial aid for students and a Culinary Trade Apprentice Program.
“As the Foundation’s footprint continues to grow, we’re proud to invest those funds back into the New Orleans community,” said Brian Kish, president of the Emeril Lagasse Foundation. “The Foundation’s ultimate goal is for the betterment of our youth, and the grants awarded to these incredible causes take us steps further each year.”
The Emeril Lagasse Foundation is proud to continue supporting organizations dedicated to helping youth reach their fullest potential. Learn more about causes making a difference here.