OUR MISSION: to use the power of food to generate social and economic change in low-income communities
Bilingual Culinary Training Program: 16-week culinary job training and job placement program offered in English and Spanish which prepares underserved members of the community for jobs in the food service industry. Includes in-house training, job shadowing, and a paid internship.
Food Assistance Program: provides access to healthy meals for our neighbors in need as well as for agencies and nonprofits working with low-income communities in Virginia
For different reasons, I had to get divorced. There were problems of domestic violence. For me, [La Cocina VA] has been significant because it has helped me become an independent woman. It’s an excellent program. Lots of women like me don’t have the motivation, don’t know where they stand.
Karina HerreraLa Cocina VA Graduate, Now Earning $21/Hour at the Hyatt Regency in Washington, DC
I moved to this country nine years ago with my family. I have been blessed by La Cocina VA, they have provided me and all my classmates with all we needed. Personally, I am getting ready to open a banquets and event business. I am very grateful to God and to La Cocina VA for the opportunity as a Hispanic immigrant to make my dream come true and to start a business.
Ingris EstradaLa Cocina VA Graduate
This program gave me the push to feel important and valuable to my family. After such a tough time in my family, it was a positive step forward to controlling my life. I feel so much stronger to be able to provide for my family in ways I was not able to before. I support my family and my household all on my own with my head held high.