A big part of Lajollacooks4u’s mission is giving back to the community, and we are always looking for new initiatives to get involved in. Chef Jodi is especially passionate about feeding the hungry, so last week, she visited local nonprofit, Kitchens for Good, and met with its co-founder and senior director, Aviva Paley.
Kitchens for Good was founded over three years ago to provide workplace training, healthy food production and hunger relief to those in San Diego. It works to bridge the gap between wasted food and hunger by rescuing surplus and cosmetically imperfect food from wholesalers and farmers and engages students in a culinary apprenticeship program to transform those ingredients into nutritious meals for hungry families. The apprenticeship program lasts 12 weeks and specifically selects those individuals who are struggling with addiction, homelessness and/or unemployment. Through the power of cooking, these students are given stability, employment and a brighter future, and their hard work in the kitchen helps provide over 50,000 nutritious meals to hungry families in the San Diego area.
Kitchens for Good also operates several profitable endeavors, including catering and events services, contract meal services and a retail product line. These social enterprises allow the organization to create jobs for its culinary students and graduates, with all profits going back to support its programs.
Chef Jodi was so impressed with the organization’s work that she is looking forward to getting more involved in the New Year. Stay tuned to hear more about her guest chef demonstration at Kitchens for Good, scheduled for February!