On Wednesday, May 23rd you made great things happen once again. For two years in a row, you have rallied together to power the Culinary Workforce Training Program. This year, 159 unique donors raised $11,850! That is AMAZING. Listen to the stories of past and present CWTP participants as they share how you’ve madeContinue reading »
The first 15-week session of the No More Empty Pots Culinary Workforce Training Program (CWTP) began on August 21st. Meet NaTeeka, Darianna and Jean, our first class of participants. These young ladies are excited about the program because it is a stepping stone in being able to have the skills to start their own foodContinue reading »
STEP-UP Omaha is a local program of the Empowerment Network for youth between the ages of 14 and 21. The program exposes them to community service, work experience, internships and job training opportunities. For two weeks in July, STEP-UP Omaha participants joined No More Empty Pots for an educational, hands-on adventure! They learned about theContinue reading »
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 instructionContinue reading »
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 collaborationContinue reading »
The kitchens served its first tenants at the Collaborative Community Centered Food Hub in April. Michelle and Tony of MJER Help rented the first hours in the kitchen to cater a birthday party. The smells were wonderful – bacon and cupcakes wafting through the hallways! The next week, Velma of Suzan’s Sweet Potato Pie, LLCContinue reading »
You are amazing! We are grateful to all of you for making the first phase of the food hub a reality. The Collaborative Community Centered Food Hub phase 1 is just about ready for entrepreneurs and students. That means that it is time to get you on board! Here is a preview of what weContinue reading »
by Susan Whitfield Blooms Organic and No More Empty Pots collaborated to launch a pilot paid organic farming internship in 2016. The goal of the pilot was to train future farmers to operate a successful commercial organic farm, learning all aspects of food crop production and marketing. The internship ran from April 2016 to 2017.Continue reading »
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!
Brandie connected to No More Empty Pots through the Community Market Basket (CMB) program with box distribution at Nelson Mandela Elementary. On pickup day early in the season, Brandie shared that she had a degree in Nutrition Education and wanted to find ways to put her education to work for No More Empty Pots. SheContinue reading »