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housing &
economic

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need creates a hunger that can
only be satisfied by the fruits of
opportunity

WATCH NOW

need creates a
hunger that can
only be satisfied
by the fruits of
opportunity

housing &
economic

opportunity

“Food has the potential not just to feed the poor, but to really feed the community.” – Robert Egger, President & Founder, L.A. Kitchen

In L.A. Kitchen’s gleaming new space in Lincoln Heights, founder Robert Egger is cooking up more than just food. The Kitchen’s students are emancipated foster youth and adults returning home from incarceration who are working to take control of their own lives through training and job placement programs. The fruits and vegetables they use would otherwise be discarded by local farmers simply because of cosmetic damage. And the healthy meals they make are distributed to vulnerable populations throughout L.A. County – from the homeless to low-income seniors and youth.

This year, California Community Foundation gave more than $1.6 million in grants and almost $5.6 million in loans, lines of credit and guarantees to organizations like L.A. Kitchen that create economic opportunity and help low-income L.A. residents meet basic needs. Through Grameen America Los Angeles and REDF, we aim to empower entrepreneurs and expand opportunity for all L.A. County residents. Through the California Housing Partnership Corporation and the Corporation for Supportive Housing, we work to increase access to affordable housing for individuals and families. And through the Skid Row Housing Trust and funder collaborative Home for Good, we seek to create safe, permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals.

Robert has spent 25 years honing his programs to address a deeper hunger, and it shows in the students’ faces when they look with amazement at their accomplishment. “They say ‘Look how many people we fed. Not just a meal, but something you would serve your own family,’” Robert says “That’s the power in what we do.”


2014-2015 VISION: Help create opportunity for low-income individuals and families by creating and preserving affordable and permanent supportive housing and supporting programs that help build wealth, create jobs and revitalize communities. Awarded 94 grants & loans totaling $7.24 million.