Here are a few organizations we’re working with now:
We are excited to announce our multi-pronged partnership with Emma’s Torch. The organization offers culinary training to refugees and asylum-seekers from around the world. In Emma’s Torch two month intensive course, participants learn the ins and outs of a restaurant. We are offering the program financial support, mentorship and volunteer time and one more way that we’re quite proud of: we are filling the pantry of the kitchen in the training program and the Emma’s Torch restaurant with Roland in-kind product donations—oils, grains, spices and more. Many of our spices and products come from our suppliers in the same countries where Emma’s Torch students have come from and we are delighted to help make these students feel welcome in this country and in the Emma’s Torch kitchen. We are extremely proud to be working with Emma’s Torch and we hope if you find yourself in Brooklyn, you will make a reservation and support their good work.
Inspiration Kitchens helps individuals over the age of 18 who are interested in learning to cook professionally get the skills and experience they need to build a career in the culinary industry. Roland Foods will “fill the pantry” to ensure the chefs teaching the students have the pantry staples that they need. The Inspiration Cafe provides free meals in a restaurant environment to at-risk adults and families- this is not a soup kitchen, it is a restaurant environment. Roland Foods will fill the pantry with staples for that kitchen space. We will also provide artwork for their walls.
Food and Finance High School
Food and Finance High School is a public high school in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan focused on the culinary arts. As NYC’s only culinary high school, Food and Finance High School provides a unique educational opportunity to students and families in the community. We are filling their pantry with Roland Foods products to be used in their teaching kitchens as well as their student-run cafe. We plan to offer them our iconic label artwork to decorate their kitchen space and cafe. Finally, we will offer mentorship to their students from Roland Foods chefs and employees.
James Beard House
As house purveyor sponsors of the James Beard House, we support their mission “to celebrate, nurture and honor chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious, diverse and sustainable for everyone.” We are also excited to offer Roland Foods products in-kind to fill the James Beard pantry. When chefs come to cook at the James Beard House, we’re proud to know they will often be reaching for Roland Foods products to contribute to their master piece dishes.
Kitchens for Good
Kitchens for Good is a 501(c)(3) and social enterprise with the mission to break the cycles of food waste, hunger, and poverty through innovate solutions in workforce training, healthy food production, and social enterprise. Kitchens for Good bridges the gap between wasted food and hunger by rescuing surplus and cosmetically imperfect food from wholesalers and farmers and engaging students in a culinary apprenticeship program to transform these ingredients into nutritious meals for hungry families. Roland Foods will fill the Kitchen for Good pantry full of products that can be used in their culinary apprenticeship program to ensure culinary students have the pantry staples they need.
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