Catalyst Kitchens Blog
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.
The disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic is reverberating through our Catalyst Kitchens member network and the thousands of lives that utilize their services. Through crisis comes opportunities for communities to band together to take care of those in need during these unprecedented times. Through their #GiveTogetherNow campaign from the Stand Together Foundation and Family Independence Initiative, we received $175,000 in cash assistance for families most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
We may need to be socially distant, but we are not socially disconnected. Our members, their leadership, their volunteers, and their donors are on the front lines of this crisis to take care of the most vulnerable. And they never stop surprising us with the larger than life innovations they’re developing to take care of their communities.
The world is now online, whether we like it or not. As Catalyst Kitchens programs adapt to the digital world to practice safe social distancing, we’re seeking ways to continue to connect, learn, and move forward despite temporary closures. Find some new ways to conduct online meetings, classrooms, social services, and culinary instructional videos to keep students learning despite distance.