Catalyst Kitchens Blog
The hunger crisis in the United States is not a new phenomenon. In early 2020, national food insecurity was at its lowest point in over 20 years, a decisive win for those working to bring necessary means to individuals with low incomes. And then, COVID hit.
When hitting a rough patch in life, a listening ear and compassionate spirit can make all the difference. Meet Carla Domingo, workforce development employment navigator at Forge City Works, a longtime restauranteur turned teacher and counselor for youth and adult culinary training students.
FareStart's Catalyst Kitchens members have produced millions of meals for those hit hardest by the COVID-19 crisis, calling for increased resources and funding to support these efforts. Through the generous support of the Kristof Impact Initiative and long-time funder Focusing Philanthropy, we are excited to announce that we are regranting over 1 million dollars to 36 member organizations to support their hunger relief efforts.
We have a passion for food here at Catalyst Kitchens. We love its many dimensions – how it brings people together around the same table to share a meal, that it invokes creativity and curiosity in chefs new and old, and can open doors for many to a meaningful career preparing delicious food for others. In partnership with the Jacques Pepin Foundation, we welcome four new Catalyst Kitchens members through the JPF scholarship program to support their COVID-19 response efforts.
This apprentice model is on the rise among our network and is particularly effective for youth to gain valuable work experience in a safe learning environment. In partnership with Jobs for the Future, three Catalyst Kitchens youth member programs have been selected for the Modernization of Apprenticeship for Opportunity Youth Initiative to advance their apprenticeship programs with expert coaches and consultations.