Chef Emeril Lagasse and the Board of Directors of Emeril Lagasse Foundation (ELF) announce the distribution of its spring grants to three New Orleans-based non-profits. Second Harvest Food Bank, Bayou District Foundation, and the Contemporary Arts Center were recipients of fundingd totaling over $300,000. Simultaneously, the staff and board of the Foundation welcome four new board members to the team in time for community projects to commence this summer.
"The growth of the Foundation is a testament to the work we are doing here in New Orleans to change children’s lives through culinary, life skills and nutritional education,” said Chef Emeril Lagasse. “My wife Alden and I are grateful to be supported by passionate board members and excited to see these new projects come to life.
Living out its mission to improve the quality of children’s lives through culinary, nutrition, garden, arts and life skills programs, the Foundation is pleased to support the Second Harvest Food Bank for a sixth year starting this summer. With a grant from ELF, Second Harvest will be able to expand its Summer Feeding Program to achieve the goal of serving 200,000 meals and 25,000 snacks to 4,500 children at risk of hunger. This grant also provides meals to hungry kids during the 2015-2016 school year through Kids Café, where twenty five thousand students at 40 sites will have access to supper during their enrichment programs.
Funds will be granted to Bayou District Foundation to support education programming at the early learning center and new K-8 charter school. This innovative community re-development model focused on education enables children and families to escape the cycle of poverty, build a thriving community, and live productive, healthy and fulfilling lives.
Emeril Lagasse Foundation also supports the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) this summer by serving as the culinary sponsor of the 2015 Summer Arts Camp. Funds will be used to defray the cost of fees for culinary teaching artists, culinary supplies, materials, and equipment, in addition to underwriting camper scholarships. Approximately one-third of the 400 campers attend Summer Arts Camp on a full or partial needs-based scholarship each year, including many underserved and special-needs children. For more information on the beneficiaries, please visit Second Harvest Food Bank; Bayou District Foundation; and Contemporary Arts Center.