Mid-Year 1998 Update
Update on The Fool's Fight Against HungerPartnership Underway
With your help, Share Our Strength and The Motley Fool's partnership is making progress! Seven programs across the country are opening their doors to train low-income individuals to work in the food service industry while also preparing meals to feed low-income families in their communities.
Funds At Work
The Fool funds are supporting Share Our Strength's anti-hunger efforts through Foodchain's Community Kitchens nationwide. Foodchain's Community Kitchens are designed to collect donated foods and prepare nutritious meals for low-income people - and to provide job training for at-risk individuals so they can become self-sufficient.
In Charlotte, 90 percent of emergency food requests are from families with children. With Fool support, the local organization Community Food Rescue started the Charlotte Foodchain Community Kitchen.
The kitchen, working in partnership with a local soup kitchen, celebrated its official kickoff this March. During its first year, the staff plans to provide 48 low-income adults with food service skills. Food prepared by participants will be redistributed through local hunger relief programs.
In Louisville, 23 percent of the population lives below the poverty level. Thanks to The Fool funds, Dare to Care is starting the Cooking Up A Future program to assist low-income people in Louisville. Dare to Care is working with the Kentucky Restaurant Association to offer job placement opportunities and with a local homeless shelter to provide participants with life skills training. The goal is to train 42 people this year. Cooking Up A Future held its first six-week class at the end of March. All meals prepared during the training are made available to Dare to Care's program that provides after-school meals to children.
San Francisco, CA
During 1997, requests for emergency food assistance increased by 57 percent in San Francisco. The Fool funds will help Episcopal Community Services (ECS) launch Conquering Homelessness through Employment in Food Services (C.H.E.F.S.) to train and feed low-income individuals in San Francisco.
Over the next three years, C.H.E.F.S. will train 115 homeless and formerly homeless people through its six-month courses, which include a 12-week restaurant internship. ECS provides case-management services to its trainees to assist them in their ultimate goal of job retention and self-sufficiency.
In Connecticut, 19 percent of all children are hungry or at risk of hunger. The Fool's support enabled Rachel's Table to start the Collaborative Foodchain Community Kitchen.
The Collaborative is up and running, providing 12 weeks of training to classes of 15 low-income individuals. The curriculum combines life skills, job readiness and culinary arts training.
The goal is to train 48 participants this year. Food prepared by the students will be served at a local soup kitchen.
In Orlando, 11 percent of the population lives below the poverty level. The Fool resources support Second Helpings' Second Harvest Central Kitchen.
The new program is researching the possibility of housing the central kitchen in a Ramada Inn recently purchased by a local nonprofit. The classes will focus on food service sanitation, job readiness and cooking. In Orlando, opportunities for employment in the food service industry are strong.
In Raleigh, 11 percent of the population lives below the poverty level. With support from The Fool, Raleigh-based Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is beginning The Fisherman Project to provide low-income individuals with the food industry skills necessary to find employment and become self-sufficient.
The inaugural class of The Fisherman's Project graduated March 12. The executive chef instructor, who is from Duke University, has been teaching the students how to cook meals for the largest soup kitchen in the area.
The project invites additional visiting chefs to provide new insights and life skills to participating students.
New Cumberland, PA
In Pennsylvania, 28 percent of the children are hungry or at risk of hunger. With The Fool resources, the New Cumberland program Channels began The Kitchen School Project. The project opened its doors on February 2nd and will train up to 10 participants in each of its eight-week sessions. Chef advisors include two SOS Taste of the Nation chefs. The first class graduated this March.
The Fight Continues
It takes more than food to fight hunger. The Fool's partnership with Share Our Strength is already helping people at-risk of hunger and poverty gain access to professional training and opportunities to become economically self-sufficient in the long-term. Thank you for participating in the Motley Fool Charity Fund benefiting Share Our Strength. Thank you for sharing your strength in the fight against hunger and poverty.
For More Information
If you have questions about the update or need further information, please call Denise Fogus or Hadley Boyd at Share Our Strength, (202) 393-2925.