LiveWell Louisiana

The Gift of Education

Five local non-profits receive grants from the Emeril Lagasse Foundation in support of youth education and development initiatives.
August 2nd, 2017 by: Misty Milioto

The Emeril Lagasse Foundation recently distributed more than $725,000 to local and regional non-profits, including five New Orleans-based organizations

  • 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.
  • Einstein Charter School – To support its High School Culinary Arts program by providing textbooks, gardening supplies and chef uniforms for food and nutrition courses.
  • 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 uses 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.
  • George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts – To support its art education programs for youth, which combine education and art within all curriculums to spark creativity and support life skills development.

Other areas to receive support include Florida’s Emerald Coast, South Florida and Texas. All of the grants are to support projects and initiatives aligned with the Foundation’s mission of creating opportunities to inspire, mentor and enable youth to reach their fullest potential through culinary, nutrition and arts education.