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By making a tax-deductible donation to the training program you are:

  • Creating job opportunities for unemployed members of our community

Our sustainable and innovative programs train unemployed individuals for careers in the food service industry.

70% of people we train obtain jobs that transform their lives, offering for the first time in most cases access to health insurance and other benefits and creates a career path that generates growth and prosperity in our communities.

People we serve are immigrants, women victims of domestic violence, human trafficking and poverty. Your contribution helps build financial independence and a better future for them and their families. LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR TRAINING PROGRAM (link to bilingual training program)

Cost to train one person and place them in jobs = $10,000

This covers:

  • Uniforms
  • Utensils and tools
  • Study materials
  • Transportation stipend
  • Food for training
  • Instruction
  • Job placement management
  • Workforce development assistance

By making a tax-deductible donation to the Food Assistance program you are:

  • Helping us prepare 6,000 meals a month: Goal 18,000

The goal of this program is to facilitate access to healthy food options for our neighbors in need as well as for agencies and nonprofits working with low-income communities in Northern Virginia.

Students from our bilingual culinary job training program prepare daily nutritious and healthy meals that are donated to individuals and families living in affordable housing units and shelters in South Arlington for a total of 35,000 meals a year.

Your contribution of $100.00 helps prepare more than 30 meals a day. LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (link to program)


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
  • Offer fruits and vegetables to those living in food desert neighborhoods


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