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  • First Class

    Graduation

    L.A. Kitchen celebrated the graduation of its first pilot class at St. Vincent Meals on Wheels. The second pilot class starts October 1st!

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  • OUR FUTURE HOME

    Explore The Kitchen

    On May 1st, we celebrated the beginning of renovations. Explore our interactive floor plans to learn more and get involved.
     
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  • THE VISION

NEITHER FOOD NOR PEOPLE SHOULD EVER GO TO WASTE

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LA Kitchen: Pilot Program
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    L.A. Kitchen is training it’s first pilot class of Chef & Nutrition Advocates, equipping them to transform their lives and communities.

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    Working directly with wholesale produce companies, we will collect fruits and vegetables that would otherwise go to waste.

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    Join L.A. Kitchen at St. Vincent Meals on Wheels to transform fresh, nutritious produce into meals for homebound older adults and other vulnerable residents across Los Angeles.

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    In exchange for use of their commercial kitchen, the food prepared by L.A. Kitchen’s students and volunteers will supplement the 4,000+ meals St. Vincent Meals on Wheels prepares each day.

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    We have developed a new culinary arts curriculum that emphasizes locally sourced produce, nutrition education, and food-justice advocacy

    PREVIEW CURRICULUM
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    Students were selected with the help of partner agencies that support older adults returning from prison and youth aging out of the foster care system.

    MEET OUR PARTNERS
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    Guest chefs from across Los Angeles will teach special sessions at our culinary job training program.

    MEET THE CHEFS
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    Students will work directly with innovative industry professionals during a two-week internship.

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IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO FEED SOMEONE.
YOU MUST SET THEM ON A PATH TOWARD LIBERATION.

LA Kitchen: Where

The Kitchen

L.A. Kitchen’s 20,000 sq ft kitchen will be located within L.A. Prep, a food business incubator in Los Angeles' Lincoln Heights neighborhood. With renovations underway, L.A. Kitchen is holding pilot programs at St. Vincent Meals on Wheels. Get to know the various parts of our future home and their corresponding programs. We look forward to seeing you in the kitchen!

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Our team represents a breadth of unique experiences, and is passionate for the L.A. Kitchen mission. Explore and reach out to our staff and board. We’d love to hear from you!



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Conference Room

Engage L.A. volunteers will represent a wide cross section of the community, and we will specialize in engaging both young and old. Volunteers will work side-by- side with job trainee students and graduates, challenging traditional barriers that divide the community.



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By working directly with local farmers and wholesale produce companies, our Reclaim LA program will receive and recover millions of pounds of fresh produce annually. We will collect fruits and vegetables that are unsalable due to cosmetic issues or lack of commercial demand, utilizing nutritious produce that would otherwise go to waste.



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Meal Prep

Through our Nourish LA program, L.A. Kitchen will prepare fresh, nutritious meals, snacks and food products for social service agencies across Los Angeles, prioritizing programs that serve our community’s aging residents.



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Meal Production Kitchen

Strong Food, L.A. Kitchen’s social enterprise, will generate revenue by competing for food service contracts while employing graduates of our culinary job training program. Strong Food will specialize in providing locally sourced, nutritious food, enabling L.A. Kitchen to be self-sustaining.



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Refrigeration

With your support, we will strengthen the community by getting healthier food to those who need it most. Help us launch our innovative programs by donating today.



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Student Kitchen

Students of L.A. Kitchen’s culinary job training and advocacy program, Empower L.A., will receive daily hands-on training from culinary instructors, attend sessions taught by local guest chefs, participate in an internship, and be supported in job placement and retention.



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Produce Sorting

L.A. Kitchen will create employment opportunities and strengthen the local economy by reclaiming food and people. Help us shape and tell our story!



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Our L.A. Kitchen building and programs are evolving rapidly. With renovation continuing throughout 2014, two pilot program classes operating synchronistically, and weekly volunteer opportunities, you’ll want to stay up to date on all our progress. Please also tag us in your own posts about L.A. Kitchen!



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Prep Kitchen

Every week, hundreds of community volunteers will chop, slice, and dice thousands of pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables. Give them the tools they’ll need to transform raw produce into health meals and snacks for those most in need.



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Volunteer Center

Engage L.A. volunteers will represent a wide cross section of the community, and we will specialize in engaging both young and old. Volunteers will work side-by- side with job trainee students and graduates, challenging traditional barriers that divide the community.



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Conference Room

L.A. Kitchen is proud to partner with local organizations that are committed to reducing recidivism, increasing economic opportunity, minimizing food waste, empowering the marginalized, and telling stories that matter. Join us. There is room for everyone in the kitchen!



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Culinary Job Training Lab

L.A. Kitchen’s culinary job training and advocacy program, Empower LA, will prepare students to thrive in the foodservice industry and equip them to advocate for their communities’ rights.



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ALL PEOPLE HAVE POTENTIAL.
ALL FOOD HAS POWER.

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OUR WORLD:

If food wastage was a country, it would be the third top emitter of CO2 emissions, coming in after the US and China.

OUR NATION:

40% of all edible food in the U.S. goes to waste, costing more than $165 billion each year.

OUR STATE:

More than 36 million tons of food waste was generated in 2011, 96% of which was thrown away into landfills or incinerators.

OUR CITY:

In Los Angeles alone, around 18 million pounds (9,000 tons) of food are disposed of every day.

L.A. Kitchen will recover or purchase millions of pounds of fresh, nutritious produce that would otherwise go to waste.
  
  
  
  
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OUR NATION:

As of July 2013, the national unemployment rate was 7.4%
(11.5 million people)

OUR STATE:

As of July 2013, California's unemployment rate was 8.7%
(1,622,167 people)

OUR CITY:

As of July 2013, the unemployment rate in Los Angeles was 8.9%
(585,365 people)

L.A. Kitchen's Culinary Job Training Program will help marginalized men and women secure careers in the food service industry.
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OUR NATION:

26.2% of adults were obese.
8.8% had diabetes.
27.5% had hypertension.

OUR STATE:

25% of adults were obese.
9.8% had diabetes.
27.8% had hypertension.

OUR CITY:

24.3% of adults were obese.
8.7% had diabetes.
33% had hypertension.

L.A. Kitchen will work with nutritional experts to create a wide variety of food options aimed at mitigating many of the diseases associated with aging, and distribute them to social service agencies around Los Angeles.
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A BALANCED DIET IS ONE WHERE BOTH RICH AND POOR
HAVE EQUAL ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD.

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Working directly with local farmers and produce wholesale companies, we will collect fruits and vegetables that are unsalable due to cosmetic issues or lack of commercial demand. All donated and purchased food will be transformed into healthy meals, snacks, and food products by volunteers, students, and staff at our health-code approved processing hub.
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Our on-staff social workers will focus on the needs of emancipated foster youth and older adults transitioning out of incarceration, and this unlikely and powerful pairing will both help reduce systemic patterns of recidivism, and reverse anticipated outcomes for foster youth with little transitional support. Throughout the 15-week training cycle, students will receive daily hands-on training from a certified culinary instructor, attend sessions on specialized techniques taught by local guest chefs, and intern with innovative industry professionals. Graduates will receive food handling certificates, job placement support, and continuing personal and professional support.
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L.A. Kitchen will distribute fresh, nutritious meals, snacks and food products to social service agencies that serve Los Angeles’ most vulnerable populations, and we will prioritize support to programs that serve aging residents. The number of older adults in Los Angeles is expected to double in less than two decades, and many are expected to suffer from chronic conditions that could be reversed or prevented by a healthy lifestyle. L.A. Kitchen’s food products will also be made available to after-school programs, drug treatment centers, and programs that empower the homeless.
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L.A. Kitchen will recruit Angelenos to volunteer in our commercial kitchen and processing hub, where they will help transform raw fruits and vegetables into nutritious meals and snacks. L.A. Kitchen volunteers will represent a wide cross section of our community, and we will specialize in providing intergenerational volunteers opportunities that engage both older adults and LAUSD students. Volunteers will work side-by- side with job trainee students and graduates, challenging traditional barriers that divide communities.
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L.A. Kitchen will develop Strong Food, a for-profit subsidiary that will compete for food service contracts and produce value-added wholesale and retail products from locally sourced fruits and vegetables. Opening in 2015, Strong Food will have the capacity and infrastructure to hire graduates of L.A. Kitchen’s culinary job training program and offer them an employee profit-sharing plan. Many of L.A. Kitchen’s graduates will be older adults that have little or no savings and a short time to achieve financial stability before reaching retirement. Providing a stake in Strong Food will allow us to ensure that graduates won’t slip back into the cycle of poverty once they age out of the workforce.

CHARITY IS BASED ON THE REDEMPTION OF THE GIVER,
NOT THE LIBERATION OF THE RECEIVER.