Our Mission is to create opportunities for social and economic change through feeding, educating, and empowering the minds of the community.
We build a sense of community by offering the unemployed the necessary skills and knowledge to overcome poverty themselves by obtaining a better-paying job within the food service industry.
OUR IMPACT IN THE DC REGION AFTER TWO YEARS OF WORK
THE DARKEST SHADES ARE REPRESENTING THE AREAS WHERE OUR GRADUATE STUDENTS LIVE AND WORK.
Beyond just its mission, I’m attracted to the organization’s approach. La Cocina VA strikes me as a true learning organization: gathering data, piloting different approaches, and seeking to evolve in structure, governance and programming depending on the needs of the community and the entrepreneurial opportunities available.
Katie CristolBoard Member
La Cocina VA and its leadership have the vision to see how its work and its graduates benefit government and the private sector, and thus has been able to enlist them as partners in the work. Not just as funders and benefactors, but as partners in achieving that grand vision and meeting their needs.
Niki GorenPresident - Meyer Foundation
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.