La Cocina VA creates opportunities for social and economic change through feeding, educating, and empowering the minds of the community. They offer bilingual, vocational, and technical education and job placement services to underserved people of color; support low-income entrepreneurs in launching food-related businesses; and provide nutritious meals to homeless shelters and low-income housing facilities in Northern Virginia. La Cocina VA’s community cafe and catering services also provide employment opportunities for low-income youth while helping to support the organization’s work. Roughly 60% of program participants are immigrants, and 85% to 90% are women.

Partner Grant: $72,500