Omaha Gives! Donors Support Culinary Workforce Development Class

In your generosity, you raised $12,250 for the first class of the 15 week culinary workforce development program. The funds will purchase supplies that include uniforms, knives, aprons, and instruction manuals for the first class of participants. The workforce program is set to launch in August 2017. With this training, un- and under-employed workers get hands-on culinary instruction

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Project Localize in Omaha Expands to Three Schools

Project Localize in Omaha is an educational program that helps classrooms identify and promote sustainable economic, cultural and social progress in their communities. In Project Localize we work with schools to engage students in local foods discovery at school gardens and nearby farms. Students share what they find in their own voice through artistic photo collage and editing in collaboration

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Library cooking demo brings holiday cheer


No More Empty Pots is no stranger to cooking demos at the library. For the past five years Washington Branch library of the Omaha Public Library system hosted a holiday cooking demonstration. This year was no exception. However for the first time, the youth participants were all young men under 18. One participant, Donald, is a student at North High Magnet and shared that he will get extra credit for engaging in the class on Saturday.

Susan and Neva took turns leading the class to create three seasonal recipes. Our fearless participants read the ingredients and instructions to group, tested each recipe, diligently tasting the product and eagerly offering suggestions of salt, vanilla extract, jalapenos, etc.

When youth grow food they are more likely to eat it. The same happens when they prepare a dish. Each participant tasted each edition of the recipe to determine what would make it taste better. Once satisfied with the changes, they ate it all! Each went home with leftover ingredients and recipes so that they could try their hands at making the dishes at home. Probably the most encouraging quote of the day, “I’m going to sign my mom up for this class!”

See you in 2017 at the library!

Read and/or download the recipes here.  Enjoy!


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Entrepreneurs wrap up first invitational

  by Sanjana Ramesh That’s a wrap! Entrepreneurs pitched for the last time during the first annual Entrepreneurship Invitational supported by Wells Fargo. During the exciting, 5-month invitational, ten outstanding food-focused entrepreneurs pitched their business plans to a panel of Wells Fargo judges. The process was a new, but exciting one. Each round filled with passion

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