The Food Education Fund (FEF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that works hand-in-hand with Food & Finance High School (FFHS), NYC’s only culinary-focused public high school, to provide experiential learning in culinary arts and entrepreneurship. Our goal is to prepare and empower our students to continue their education and cultivate personally meaningful careers. The FEF was established with the FFHS in 2004 as part of Mayor Bloomberg’s small schools initiative to ensure that industry partners would always be engaged as stakeholders in the future success of the school.
By partnering with FFHS, FEF has direct access to 400 eager young culinarians and a growing group of alumni, six commercial kitchens, a cafe space open to the public, a newly renovated fresh&co dining lab, and much more. With this unique set up, the Food Education Fund’s two employees and many volunteers are able to have an impact far beyond the capacity of most nonprofits this size.
A large majority of the students at Food and Finance High School are classified as Title I, and are eligible for free or reduced lunch. Students are admitted from all 5 boroughs of NYC, some traveling up to two hours each direction, driven by their commitment to furthering their culinary education. Of these, 57% are female and 43% male; 41% are African-American, 53% Latino, 2% white, and 4% Asian. 21% percent of our youth have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and 4% are English Language Learners. 82% percent of our youth are considered economically disadvantaged, based on their eligibility for free or reduced school lunch.
The Food Education Fund (FEF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that works hand-in-hand with Food & Finance High School (FFHS), NYC’s only culinary-focused public high school, to provide experiential learning in culinary arts and entrepreneurship…