Our Mission is to create opportunities for social and economic change through feeding, educating, and empowering the minds of the community.
We believe that by using the power of food, we can generate opportunities for social and economic change. 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, doctors, and experts in business development, all big dreamers who believe that integrating minorities in this journey will make a difference in our community.
Even politicians like Senator Tim Kaine recognize the value of our programs and their impact.
How We Do It
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.
- We offer a program that provides unemployed individuals with job training, culinary certification, and job placement services. Learn more about our Bilingual Culinary Training Program.
- We have designed a sustainable food assistance program that takes the meals cooked by the students in our Training Program and donates them daily to low income families and individuals in the area. Learn more about our Food Assistance Program.
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. Join us and become a part of the movement.
“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