GivingTuesday: Using Food as a Vehicle for Change

Food is at the center of New Orleans' culture and economy. This is how one organization uses it as a vehicle for change.

One in five young New Orleanians (16-24) is out of work or out of school. Liberty's Kitchen bridges the gap between the hospitality industry, the backbone of New Orleans' economy, and opportunity youth. 

Liberty's Kitchen envisions a community where all young people can succeed. Its programming, such as its Youth Development Program and Youth Leadership Program, address the systemic barriers that impede young people's opportunity to reach their full potential. Liberty's Kitchen provides technical training, as well as social supports, to position youth to access gainful employment.

"Food sits at the heart of New Orleans' culture and economy, so it's fitting that Liberty's Kitchen leverages food as a vehicle for change. Their culinary-based Youth Development Program empowers young New Orleanians to take control of their futures and achieve their personal visions of success," says Katie Gervase, Marketing Specialist at As a student in New Orleans, Katie volunteered and interned with Liberty's Kitchen.

Whenever she visits the city, she's sure to get a ticket to their monthly Guest Chef Night or stop by their Broad Street Cafe–and encourages you to do the same. You can learn more about the impact of their programming on youth success and food security.