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Did you know?

  • La Cocina VA is the only free Bilingual Culinary Training Program in the DC metro area.
  • Our students prepare 60 hot, nutritious meals a day that are then delivered to metro area families in need.
  • Our graduates are earning good salaries with benefits and a brighter future in the culinary world.
  • La Cocina VA is addressing the obesity problem by teaching our students and the families we serve about the importance of a healthy, balanced diet.

We invite you to help us make this transformation possible for the underemployed Hispanics in the DC metro area. Join us, and our many other corporate sponsors and donors, in empowering our culinary students. Together, let’s help them acquire tangible, marketable job skills and a career with a sustainable salary so that they can stabilize their lives and have a positive impact on our community.

Let’s get cooking in La Cocina VA, a great investment for businesses seeing to practice social responsibility and uplift their community!


Hire our Graduates

Are you a restaurant, hotel, bakery, or other business that provides well-prepared food to its customers and is searching for qualified employees? Graduates of our Bilingual Culinary Training Program are being hired by corporations throughout the food service industry, including Whole Foods Market and Leonora Bakery. After 14 weeks of detailed culinary training, our students have the experience and skills necessary to make them great additions to any team.

If your business is looking for cooks with training, experience, and motivation, hire or intern our graduates.

Sponsor a student or class

Your donation will help an unemployed individual receive 14 weeks of culinary job training, along with an internship in a local restaurant or hotel, job placement assistance, and English speaking instruction. Your sponsorship of a class will help provide comprehensive culinary and life-skills training for ten students. Learn more about our Bilingual Culinary Training Program.

Support our food assistance efforts

By investing money, resources, or expertise in our food assistance efforts, your business is combating hunger and the obesity crisis in the DC metro area. We provide 3000 nutritional meals to low income individuals and families in the metro area, and we aren’t stopping there! Whether your organization would like to provide food supplies or resources such as equipment to support our kitchen incubator project, we could use your help. Learn more about our Food Assistance Program.


Email Patricia Funegra, CEO and Founder of La Cocina VA, at to receive more information about how your corporation can contribute to our mission.


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