NEW ORLEANS (press release) – In its 20th anniversary year, Emeril Lagasse Foundation awarded $2.2 Million in grants to non-profit organizations that support its mission to inspire, mentor, and enable youth to reach their full potential.

“As we celebrate this milestone, I reflect on the impact we have made since 2002,” said Chef Emeril Lagasse. “I am proud of all that we have accomplished, but it certainly could not have been done without the support of our donors and sponsors. Alden and I look forward to the next 20 years.”

This fall, five local entitiesSon of a SaintYouth Empowerment ProjectReconcile New OrleansLiberty’s Kitchen and Café Hope were awarded grants based on the shared mission to support youth through culinary, nutrition, and arts education with a focus on life skills development. These grants totaling $365,000, are earmarked to support the NOLA Coalition fundraising efforts. The NOLA Coalition is committed to raising $15 million over three years for investment in youth services.

The Foundation also awarded its first two Cultivator Grants to Partner for Education, Agriculture, and Sustainability (PEAS) andLife Lab to expand the reach of Emeril’s Culinary Garden & Teaching Kitchen. This national education program integrates culinary gardens and teaching kitchens to create interactive learning environments centered on food. These grants will enable the Foundation to double the impact of its signature program by bringing resources and curriculum to 14 new elementary schools in 2023.

Throughout the year, over 50 grants were made to mission-aligned organizations nationwide including New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (New Orleans, LA), The Ecology Center (San Juan Capistrano), Arc Culinary (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), and Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (Niceville, FL).