Wealth derived from the community should be reinvested locally. Investments should be made in both the present and the future. All people have potential, and every person has a role in strengthening the community. You are a vital member of the L.A. Kitchen community and your support will change lives today and into the future!




L.A. Kitchen’s pilot culinary arts and nutrition advocacy training program is preparing youth aging out of foster care, older adults exiting the prison system, and others struggling with barriers to employment for careers in the food service industry. The training program takes a whole-person approach to vocational training, incorporating culinary arts, life skills, nutrition education, community activism, and professional development. Students are referred to the training program by supportive partner organizations that work with L.A. Kitchen’s target populations.

Culinary Curriculum

L.A. Kitchen has written and published a new culinary arts curriculum that emphasizes locally sourced produce, nutrition education, and food-justice advocacy. Graduates have the skills and knowledge to transform their careers and communities. Below is a preview of the students’ workbook.

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Contact empowerla@lakitchen.org if you want to get your organization involved.

Guest Chefs & Presenters

Numerous prominent guest chefs, restaurants, organizations, and professionals from across Los Angeles have taught special sessions throughout the pilot program, including:

Contact empowerla@lakitchen.org if you are interested in teaching a special guest session on culinary arts, nutrition, professional development, or life skills.

Internship Sites

L.A. Kitchen students  work directly with innovative industry professionals during four-week internships, gaining hands on experience in a professional setting. Internship sites have included:

Upon graduation, students will have obtained a Food Handlers Card, equipping them for future employment opportunities and career advancement. Staff work intensively with them on job placement. Alumni continue to work with L.A. Kitchen’s staff and fellow alumni to support their professional and personal development. Contact empowerla@lakitchen.org if you are interested in becoming an internship site.

Employment Partners

Alumni of L.A. Kitchen’s culinary job training program have been hired by:

Contact empowerla@lakitchen.org if you want to hire L.A. Kitchen graduates.

Produce Suppliers

In partnership with Worldwide Produce and So Cal Farm Network, L.A. Kitchen recovers fresh fruits and vegetables that would otherwise go to waste.

So Cal Farm Network

As the oldest and largest local produce hub in Southern California, both So Cal Farm Network’s farms and customers are located within 250 miles of Los Angeles County.

Worldwide Produce

Worldwide started small about twenty five years ago with one truck and one customer and has since grown into a rather large operation with facilities in Los Angeles, San Diego and Las Vegas.

Contact reclaimla@lakitchen.org if you want to get your organization involved.

Get Involved

Volunteer with L.A. Kitchen at St. Vincent Meals on Wheels by signing up online! We hold regular volunteer shifts in the kitchen on Saturday mornings. Contact empowerla@lakitchen.org to find out how else you can get involved.

Funding Partners

The pilot of Empower L.A. is funded in part by a grant from The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF). Created in 1992 as a private independent foundation, TCWF’s mission is to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention.

Thanks to AARP Foundation, LA2050/Annenberg Foundation, and the Gross Family Foundation for their support.