This year for #GivingTuesday, we are asking our wonderful world of supporters to share why they care about food education.
You get to decide what exists in this world, and by supporting the Food Education Fund, you are literally making dreams a reality. Our students come to us with a dream of creating a career through the culinary arts. Thanks to your support, we are able to prepare those students for those careers and empower them to succeed.
We are very excited to announce that our most recent board member, the one and only Questlove, will be MATCHING all donations up to $5,000 made to the Food Education Fund for #GivingTuesday, donate below!
Why do you care? Let us know and spread the word about FFHS using
#WhyICare to show your friends why you support FFHS!
I care about Food Education Fund because I am so inspired by the students' hard work and their passion for the culinary arts.
From opening their first-of-its-kind student-run cafe to working in some of the top restaurants in NYC, these students are exploring all aspects of food culture and food issues that matter today and will influence tomorrow.
Join me in investing in the future of Food & Finance High School.
- Questlove, FEF Board Member
Want to know exactly where your dollars are going?
Here's a sampling of what we do!
SCHOOL GROUNDS CAFE
A newly-opened first-of-its-kind student-run cafe open to the public based right out of the school. In their junior year, students take a business management course with a focus on hands-on learning using the cafe as a lab. Students experience every part of creating a business from creating a p&l to menu writing to marketing. In their senior year, students will be actually running the cafe with the help of the Food Education Fund program manager and run the cafe from the ground up!
The students at Food and Finance High School take three years of culinary, baking and pastry alongside a full academic program. For seniors, Food Education Fund runs a capstone internship program where, following an extensive job training program, students are hired directly by some of NYC’s top restaurants and foodservice establishments including Union Square Hospitality Group, Dinex Group, Matter House, Food Network, and many more for a 15-week paid internship.
VISITING CHEF PROGRAM
For the last 7 years, the Food Education Fund has implemented an after-school enrichment program called the Visiting Chefs program. Each week one of New York City’s top chefs or restaurateurs teaches a group of eager FFHS students an advanced culinary recipe. The chefs also give students critical insight into the culinary profession as well as wisdom, tips, and tricks they’ve picked up throughout their careers. This year, we are also implementing a new ‘Chefs in the Classroom’ program to bring it into the school day.
This year, we will be launching a new full-day career exploration fair comprised of a panel of industry leaders, smaller discussions, mock and real interviews, as well as a keynote speaker. This event will happen on January 11th, let us know if you’d like to get involved!