The Culinary Trust

Richard Sax Food Action Grant

As our longest-running food policy initiative, the Richard Sax Food Action Grant is awarded yearly in the IACP conference host city to a nonprofit combatting hunger and increasing food access in innovative ways.
We are now accepting letters of interest from organizations working in our 2016 host city,
Los Angeles, CA.
The deadline to submit a letter of interest is Friday, August 28, 2015.

> Request list of criteria to be included in a letter of interest


(Pictured) 2014 Food Action Grant recipient Ginkgo Organic Gardens relies on volunteers to tend plants and harvest food. Each week, 100% of the harvest is packed up and delivered by bicycle to Chicago’s Vital Bridges food pantry and distributed to low-income community members. 

Bed-Stuy-Cooking-Class_DetailYour contribution to The Culinary Trust’s Richard Sax Food Action Grant  directly supports organizations combatting hunger through innovative programs bringing together youth, families and communities for lasting change.
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About the Richard Sax Food Action Grant

The Culinary Trust had a hunger-relief fund in place in 1992 as part of its philanthropic outreach. Donations were received from members through the annual conference registration form. In 1996, after Richard’s death, a fund drive was started by Harriet Bell, Flo Braker, Barry Estabrook, Roy Finamore, Nick Malgieri, Rux Martin and Judith Weber, all IACP members, to memorialize him and support a cause that he actively worked for – hunger relief. Attaching Richard’s name to the Trust’s hunger-relief fund seemed like a perfect fit and made the fund appeal personal. The Trust continues to combine interest earned from the fund with donations from IACP annual conference attendees to administer a one-time grant in IACPs annual conference host city.

About Richard Sax

Richard Sax HeadshotRichard Sax was an IACP member, a prolific writer who contributed to many leading magazines and the author of nine cookbooks. He won a James Beard Award and a Julia Child Award for Classic Home Desserts. He was the founding chef-director of Food & Wine and a columnist for Bon Appétit. He worked tirelessly for God’s Love We Deliver, an organization that provides food to people housebound with AIDS; the Whole Food Project of Manhattan Center for Living; and The Food and Hunger Hotline. He championed the causes of those who were victims of hunger, homelessness or prejudice, and devoted passionate energy to many food-related causes. He received the Humanitarian Award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) for his charitable work and the prestigious James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award. He died in 1995 at the age of forty-six.


Annual Richard Sax Food Action Grant Recipients:

2015:  Martha’s Table (Washington, DC)

2014:  Ginkgo Organic Gardens, and Healthy Food Hub of Black Oaks Center (Chicago, IL)

2013:  Oakland Food Connection (San Francisco Bay Area, CA)

2012:  Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger (New York City, NY)

2011:  Sustainable Food Center (Austin, TX)

2010:  Growing Gardens (Portland, OR)

2009:  Food Bank of the Rockies (Denver, CO)

2008:  Second Harvest Food Bank (New Orleans, LA)

2007:  Common Threads (Chicago, IL)

2006:  FareStart  (Seattle, WA)

2005:  North Texas Food Bank (Dallas, TX)

2004:  Garden Harvest (Baltimore, MD)

2003:  Générations Foundation (Montreal, Quebec)

2002:  Mamas Kitchen (San Diego, CA)




The Culinary Trust & International Association of Culinary Professionals congratulates the 2013 Richard Sax Grant recipient, Oakland Food Connection

IACP conference attendees partner each year with The Culinary Trust to make a contribution to a hunger relief organization in the conference host city. This year’s recipient is Oakland Food Connection, located in Oakland, CA in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Oakland Food Connection promotes nutritional awareness, access to healthy foods, and connections between people and our planet. Since its founding in 2005, OFC has established programs that support school and community gardens, community-based farmers markets, and youth entrepreneurship projects. Their health-focused approach is intended to combat high rates of preventable diseases (such as diabetes, asthma, cancer and obesity).  OFC helps local area residents improve access to health-promoting resources such as healthy food and green space, while empowering youth to develop as skilled leaders and change agents capable of creating healthy environments for their communities.

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