Impacting Lives Through Social Enterprise: LA Kitchen


Twin Cities R!SE President and CEO, Tom Streitz, spent time in Los Angeles this past week visiting nationally recognized job training programs.

During this time, Tom was able to meet with Robert Egger, President of the nationally renowned LA Kitchen, and take a tour of their facility.

LA Kitchen believes that neither food nor people should ever go to waste. Within their program, they recover millions of pounds of fruits and vegetables that would otherwise be discarded for minor imperfections, train men and women facing homeless or reentering the community for food service careers, and provide healthy meals to fellow citizens.

LA Kitchen has three major programs: 

  • 1 – Impact LA ensures food never goes to waste, and instead is used to nourish the most vulnerable communities. 
  • 2 – Empower LA  trains formerly incarcerated or ex foster care young adults for jobs in the culinary arts. 
  • 3 – Strong Food is a social enterprise that sells food to local businesses.

The time spent with LA Kitchen was inspiring, as we hope this model can be brought to the Twin Cities.