Food Donor Spotlight: Liberty’s Kitchen in New Orleans

Meet our Community Plates donors. These organizations, companies, restaurants and markets are part of our community dedicated to helping eliminate hunger in the U.S. Our donors are the backbone to what we do, and provide the food that volunteer food runners rescue and deliver to our partner agencies.

Liberty’s Kitchen

Liberty’s Kitchen is a new food donor from our New Orleans site, beginning their donations in early July. Their weekly donations are delivered to the Covenant House each Tuesday. We are very pleased to have this new partner join our food rescue community in New Orleans. – Lauren Rudzis,  New Orleans Site Director

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

Local Site: Community Plates, New Orleans

Mission: Liberty’s Kitchen is a social enterprise dedicated to transforming the lives of vulnerable New Orleans youth. We provide a path to bright and healthy futures through employability and life skills training and by providing freshly prepared, nutritious meals to school children.

About: Liberty Kitchen’s participants are New Orleans youth, ages 16-24, who are out of work and out of school. The risk factors for these young people include higher poverty rates, low educational attainment, a lack of work skills and experience, and mental health and substance abuse issues. New Orleans youth live in an especially difficult environment, but despite their many challenges, they are hopeful and seeking success. These are exactly the young people that the Liberty’s Kitchen Youth Development Program is poised to help through our foodservice-based training and work-readiness programs. Their School Nutrition Program, currently provides about 4,000 nourishing, made-from-scratch meals daily to New Orleans low-income to extremely low-income public school children. In fact, 98% of the children we serve qualify for a free or reduced lunch. Through our School Nutrition Program we are changing eating habits and teaching proper nutrition to New Orleans school children.

“Since its inception, I have been captivated by the growth, progress and impact of Liberty’s Kitchen – and the sheer determination of its founder Janet Davas to build a strong organization that is dedicated to its community and especially to the youth it serves. There are very few tangible paths for New Orleans youth to break the cycles of poverty and joblessness. Liberty’s Kitchen not only provides a tangible path, but “doubles down” on its mission impact by providing transformational training and nutritious meals to children in need. As a model member of Catalyst Kitchens, Liberty’s Kitchen serves as a premier example of the impact food-service social enterprise is having on communities across the country.” – David H. Carleton, VP FareStart / Director Catalyst Kitchens




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