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Beneficiary Spotlight: 2016 Fall Grant Recipients

Coming off the heels of another successful fundraising year, the Emeril Lagasse Foundation recently granted more than $320,000 to eight organizations to support culinary and arts education programs, as well as youth literacy, enrichment and outreach initiatives.

As we enter the season of giving, we’re putting the spotlight on each grant recipient and the important projects the Foundation’s 2016 fall grants will support.

Belle Chasse Academy

Belle Chasse Academy (BCA) serves approximately 1,500 military dependent students residing in the greater New Orleans area each year.

The foundation’s grant will go toward BCA’s farm to table program, which will include an outdoor classroom culinary learning center. The classroom will serve as the centerpiece of this interdisciplinary school program, providing a gathering place for students, teachers and parents to use as a "culinary learning lab" supporting nutrition instruction, STEM learning, hands-on student-centered food and garden projects, and culinary training.

Common Threads

Common Threads partners with schools and youth-serving organizations to deliver culturally-relevant, hands-on healthy cooking and nutrition education to children, families and teachers in underserved areas throughout eight major U.S. cities.

The organization recently launched its programming in New Orleans and will use Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s grant to support its Small Bites initiative – a hands-on nutrition and cooking education program for 3rd – 8th graders taught by classroom teachers or trained out-of-school staff.

Covenant House

For nearly 30 years, Covenant House has met the needs of homeless and at-risk youth in the greater New Orleans area and across the country. Placing an emphasis on healthy living habits and nutrition, Covenant House serves three daily meals and anticipates serving over 70,000 meals in 2017. Its main kitchen plays a critical role in feeding all of the hungry youth that come through its outreach programs.

Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s grant covers the full cost of a new steamer; helping Covenant House provide thousands of healthy meals to homeless and hungry youth on a daily basis.

New Orleans Center for Creative Arts

As the nonprofit community support and advocacy partner of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, the NOCCA Institute provides supplemental funding and advocacy for NOCCA’s world-class pre-professional arts programs. The Institute’s financial aid program makes it possible for students facing financial hardship to cover required fees and other expenses during the school year. Emeril Lagasse Foundation awarded NOCCA a grant to support financial aid needs of students in NOCCA’s culinary arts program.

St. Michael Special School

St. Michael Special School educates students with special needs from age six through adulthood. The foundation’s grant will support the school’s capital campaign to restore and renovate the existing convent on campus in order to create classroom space for computer learning, music and bell choir.

Youth Empowerment Project

Founded in 2004, the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) is a New Orleans-based nonprofit that serves more than 1,000 underserved children and youth annually through 11 different programs.

Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s grant will support YEP’s 2017 enrichment programs, including its afterschool program and summer camp, which provide educational and enrichment programming to opportunity New Orleans youth year-round.

Kids in Need During Disasters

KINDD – Kids in Need During Disasters is a volunteer organization established in 2010 in response to the Gulf Oil Spill Disaster. All funds donated to KINDD go directly toward the needs and educational well being of children affected by disasters.

In the aftermath of historic flooding that devastated areas of East Baton Rouge, Livingston and Tangipahoa Parishes, Emeril Lagasse Foundation provided funds to replace uniforms and backpacks for 229 students at Southside Elementary and 119 students at Southside Jr. High in Livingston Parish.

Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance

The California-based Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance is a collaboration of winemakers and grape growers dedicated to promoting the unique aspects of the winemaking region. Emeril Lagasse Foundation awarded a grant to the organization in support of its Fund the Future Literacy initiative, a multi-year commitment to improving children’s literacy across Sonoma County.


Along with the foundation’s 2016 spring grants and other giving efforts throughout the year, these latest donations mark over $1 million that Emeril Lagasse Foundation has granted to children’s charities to support culinary, nutrition and arts programs in 2016 alone.

We are proud to support inspiring organizations like our 2016 fall grantees in their efforts to positively impact the lives of those they serve. Learn how you can donate or support Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s mission by visiting our Get Involved page.

About Emeril Lagasse Foundation:

Founded in 2002 by Chef Emeril Lagasse and his wife Alden, Emeril Lagasse Foundation is a 501c(3) public charity headquartered in New Orleans. The Foundation’s mission is to create opportunities to inspire, mentor and enable youth to reach their full potential through culinary, nutrition and arts education. Since its inception, Emeril Lagasse Foundation has granted more than $7.5 million to children’s charities to support culinary, nutrition and arts programs. To learn more about the Foundation and its beneficiaries, visit, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.



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