San Francisco is a destination known for its incredible food. Despite the bounty around us, there is still a need to increase access and affordability to good food in order to create a sustainable and inclusive food future. We believe in investing in educational programs and initiatives that will create the next generation of food leaders in thought and action. These two organizations support that vision and we are proud to support them in their efforts.
There are many rewarding career paths in the restaurant industry, and many talented young people who need scholarships to train for them. The GGRASF was established to encourage and provide assistance for students who wish to further their education in pursuit of careers in the hospitality industry.
The foundation grants financial scholarships to students from the Bay Area entering culinary and hospitality programs. The applications are reviewed by the Scholarship Foundation Board of Trustees. Qualified candidates are then interviewed to complete the selection process. The trustees base awards on the financial needs of the student. The goal of the scholarship program is to enable motivated students who need the most financial assistance to pursue their education.
CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is a mission-driven nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of farmers markets and educational programs. Founded in 1994, CUESA has operated the world-renowned Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco since 1997, and is the new operator of the Jack London Square Farmers Market in Oakland.
CUESA offers free and low-cost programs to educate eaters of all ages about their food, where it comes from, and how to grow, select, and prepare it, including free Foodwise Kids cooking classes, the Schoolyard to Market youth entrepreneurship program, Market to Table cooking demos, farm tours, and more.