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About

WE ARE LA COCINA

Our Mission is to use the power of food to create social and economic change in low-income communities.

We believe that unemployment, obesity, diabetes, and food waste are problems that we can start to solve in sustainable ways by designing and implementing innovative programs to help disadvantaged members of minority groups. La Cocina VA is here to help.

We have gathered a group of professionals, experts in social issues and development effectiveness, as well as chefs, social workers, nutritionists, and experts in business development, all big dreamers who believe that integrating minorities in this journey will make a difference in our community.

THE CHALLENGE

Lack of access to career and workforce development programs which are an essential component of community economic development.

WHO WE SERVE

We work with low-income populations in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area—immigrants, refugees, minorities, victims of trauma and domestic violence, returning citizens, veterans and other underserved groups.

OUR CONTRIBUTION

We accelerate the process by which low-income individuals obtain higher-skilled, better-paying jobs and improve their interpersonal and language skills.

Board of Directors

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Sandra Cerna

Special Board Member
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Christopher Tracy

Board Member

Valerie Colimon

Board Member

Wanda Pierce

Board Member

With the help of local businesses and nonprofits, we have designed programs that work to fill the gap between poverty and development. La Cocina VA can help to complete the circle of change.

 

La Cocina VA was created to contribute to individual and community well-being. We believe in each individual’s potential to achieve success and improve their lives. We believe in transformational change that, if done properly, creates new, previously out-of-reach opportunities for communities from the ground up.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige, and even his life for the welfare of others. In dangerous valleys and hazardous pathways, he will lift some bruised and beaten brother to a higher and more noble life.”

– Dr. Martin Luther King

MAKE A DONATION

By making a tax-deductible donation to La Cocina VA, you can:

  • Create job opportunities for unemployed members of our community
  • Facilitate access to healthier meals for our neighbors in need