Through your support of these events, we were able to distribute almost $44,000 to the following recipients chosen by our executive committee and finance committee:
30% went to Metro Community College Foundation specifically to the Jim & Patty Trebbien Fund, the ICA High School Culinary Invitational and Culinary Team Nebraska. The Jim and Patty Trebbien Funds helps teachers better their abilities through seminars and workshops. The ICA High School Culinary Invitational is a competition where over 100 kids will get to showcase their culinary talents. The last program under this foundation we gave to is the Culinary Team NE mentored by Brian O’Malley, Brian Young and Cathy Curtis. We chose to donate to programs where the culinary students supported are the ones with passion, commitment and drive. These are the students that will end up in our restaurants cooking for our community in the future.
30% to Hospitality Education Foundation (HEF) is in place of last year’s Norman scholarship, Kawa scholarship, and UNLF. We really want to get back to the basics and see students who have interest and talent, but need the funds to pursue their dreams, get the funds easier. This move allows us to support high school students through the PROSTART program as well as provide culinary scholarships for students interested in pursuing education in the State of Nebraska These recipients must attend a school in Nebraska and our organization will be able to be a part of choosing those recipients. We believe we are not taking away from these schools it is just another avenue to get there.
20% to Food Bank for the Heartland because the need, unfortunately, is ALWAYS there.
10% to No More Empty Pots a food hub that provides access to local healthy foods, a commercial kitchen which provides job training, workforce readiness, food waste reduction, income generation and business development.
5% to Saving Grace Perishable Food Rescue who believes it just makes sense to feed the hungry with excess food that would otherwise be wasted. Using refrigerated trucks they pick up donated food from grocery stores, wholesalers, event venues, caterers, restaurants and schools and deliver them to 32 local shelters, food pantries, senior citizen shelters, after school programs and transitional living facilities.
5% to Feed Back Omaha which was started by restaurants and run by restaurants. They partner with Saving Grace and are starting up a program to help kids who are behind on their school lunch accounts so they don’t stop serving them.
Lastly, we earmarked dollars to assist in ServSafe Management Training certification. Last year we had 19 members take advantage of this class. We will be offering another 2 day class in the late spring or early summer and are looking into assisting with Food Handlers Permits.