Our 2016 Food Action Grant: LA Kitchen and the power of food
Via the Richard Sax Food Action Grant, each year The Culinary Trust provides support and funds for a hunger-based initiative in the city where the annual conference for the International Association of Culinary Professionals is held. In 2016, we are delighted to support the ground-breaking work of L.A. Kitchen.
LA Kitchen was founded by Robert Egger based on his other successful enterprise, DC Central Kitchen. Both organizations operate on the belief that neither food nor people should ever go to waste. By reclaiming healthy, local food that would otherwise be discarded, training men and women who are unemployed for jobs, and providing healthy meals to fellow citizens, L.A. Kitchen empowers, nourishes, and engages the community.
Roughly 40% of all food in the United States is wasted, often for purely cosmetic reasons. The Culinary Trust has identified highlighting the issue of food waste as one of its core causes. Why? Food waste impacts our culture and environment in a number of waste. In landfills, it emits extraordinary levels of carbon dioxide levels, negatively impacting global health. In a country where one of our six children live in a food insecure household, finding creative ways to shift food that would otherwise have gone to waste into meals that nourish and sustain can provide life changing results. The fuel, water and human effort put into crops that no one eats equate to another large loss of our resources.
GET INVOLVED: In 2016, they are embarking on a major effort to raise $365,000 from individual donors to take advantage of an opportunity to “match” a $1 million donation from a wealthy patron. We hope you’ll consider making a donation, even a few dollars goes a long way.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE: Perhaps you want to start a similar program in your own community?
READ MORE: Los Angeles Times: “LA Kitchens Gives its Students the Ingredients for a Better Life”