La Cocina VA plans to expand into a 5,000 square-foot facility with the capacity to:
• Grow its current programs and services to serve more beneficiaries
• House a Social Food Incubator and social enterprise arm of the organization
At La Cocina VA, we believe that by using the power of food we can generate opportunities for social and economic change. Unemployment, hunger, and lack of entrepreneurial opportunity are problems that we can start to solve in sustainable ways by creating innovative programs to help disadvantaged members of minority groups.
Our Northern Virginia Food Incubator will establish an infrastructure for local food production that will support small‐scale businesses and minority entrepreneurs with commercial kitchen space, access to capital, training, and business development opportunities. The facility will lower the barriers to entry for food-related businesses and will strengthen our community in Northern Virginia by creating a food system that propels local businesses, job, and culture.”
The social enterprise arm of the new facility will produce meals and catering services for public and private agencies. Income from the catering services will support current programs and enable La Cocina VA to offer additional culinary training to students and job opportunities to graduates. The new facility will have the capacity to provide 30,000 healthy meals a year to people in need. Prepared by the students, these meals will go to public agencies, including schools and shelters.