Meet Our 2017 Spring Grants Recipients: New Orleans
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Meet Our 2017 Spring Grants Recipients: New Orleans

In support of our mission of creating opportunities to inspire, mentor and enable youth to reach their fullest potential, the Emeril Lagasse Foundation is proud to distribute over $725,000 to non-profits throughout the South as part of our 2017 spring grant program.

Take a moment to get to know five of our inspiring New Orleans-based grant recipients that support projects and initiatives within the culinary, arts and life skills development areas.

Broad Community Connections – To support its ReFresh Project Kids Programming, which will educate approximately 120 low-income neighborhood youth ages 8-12 on gardening, nutrition, cooking and food justice. Programming is designed to increase leadership skills and self-confidence while fostering a sense of community.

Einstein Charter School – To support its High School Culinary Arts program by providing textbooks, gardening supplies and chef uniforms for food and nutrition courses. Einstein Charter High School opened in 2016 and operates a tuition-free open admissions network with the overarching goal of preparing students to live a life of purpose.

Louisiana Restaurant Association’s Education Fund – To benefit ProStart programs throughout the state. The two-year program is the leading culinary and hospitality certification program for high school students that utilizes an industry-based curriculum specializing in employment readiness.

Second Harvest Food Bank – To continue supporting its Summer Feeding, Kids Café and School Pantry programs. Addressing the lack of food available to New Orleans and Acadiana schoolchildren during the summer, the programs will reach 5,000 children at risk of hunger this year. In 2016, the Foundation reached the milestone of delivering its 1 millionth meal provided through Second Harvest’s Summer Feeding program

George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts – To support its art education youth programs. Combining education and art, GRFA encourages the incorporation of art within all curriculums to spark creativity and support life skills development.

My wife Alden and I are thrilled to see the Foundation’s spring grants go toward such inspiring and deserving organizations,” said Chef Emeril Lagasse. “We’re continuously amazed at the growing amount of funds we’ve been able to put back into our local community over the years, and are so thankful for the support of our dedicated board, donors and community partners who make it all possible.

Stay tuned to meet our other 2017 beneficiaries in Texas and Florida that were also awarded spring grants!

The Emeril Lagasse Foundation is proud to continue supporting these organizations dedicated to helping youth reach their fullest potential. Learn more about causes making a difference here.