Impact L.A. ensures that food never goes to waste, and instead is used to nourish our most vulnerable communities. A vibrant workforce of intergenerational volunteers collaborates with Empower students to turn reclaimed local produce into fresh, nutritious meals that are donated to social service agencies serving the greater LA area.
Every 14 weeks, the Empower program admits 22 students who were either formerly incarcerated, homeless, or ex foster care. These students receive training from L.A. Kitchen’s chefs and industry professionals. Culinary training is paired with life skills support and professional training provided by our on-staff MSW social worker and workforce development coordinator.
L.A. Kitchen’s social enterprise, Strong Food, purchases local produce that would otherwise be discarded, to manufacture healthy products we then sell. These products create great paying jobs with full benefits for our culinary job training graduates. Strong Food also generates income by securing contracts for co-packaging and preparing food for local businesses.