Food For Thought Outreach is thankful for the generous support provided to our programs from the Emeril Lagasse Foundation. 

The Emeril Lagasse Foundation has announced the distribution of $1 Million to nonprofit organizations as part of its annual spring grant allocation. Through the Foundation’s Grants program, twelve beneficiaries received funding to support programs that align with its mission. Funding comes from donations and the Emeril Lagasse Foundation spring fundraising events, Line, Vine & Dine and the Chi Chi Miguel Weekend.

Six organizations were awarded community grants based on the shared mission to support youth through culinary, nutrition, and arts education, focusing on life skills development. Those organizations include Café Hope, Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington, The Ingram Lee Foundation, Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation, New Orleans Culinary Hospitality Institute, and Second Harvest Food Bank.

The foundation also awarded grants following its two spring fundraising events. The annual Line Vine & Dine Charity Fishing Tournament in Fort Lauderdale supported local organizations Arc Broward and Dan Marino Foundation providing culinary and hospitality training to young people with developmental disabilities. Both organizations have been beneficiaries of the event since 2017. The Chi Chi Miguel Throwdown in Santa Rosa Beach supported various youth programs at  Alaqua Animal Refuge, Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center, Food for Thought, and Sinfonia Gulf Coast. 

"We have been very blessed this year with so much generosity from our donors," said Chef Emeril Lagasse. "I'm humbled to announce these grants and contributions to organizations that align with our mission. Each one is doing good things for our young people and will leave a legacy for the future."