Charleston Wine + Food and One80 Place Partnership
You know that Charleston Wine + Food Festival is a great way to feed your body and mind. But did you know that by attending, you’re also helping feed people in need here in the Lowcountry? And, even better, you are helping people affected by homelessness get back on their feet!
Charleston Wine + Food has partnered with One80 Place and they are doing some amazing things for our community! If you aren’t familiar with One80 Place, they are a private, non-profit, charity organization here in the Lowcountry. Their mission is to end homelessness, one person, one family at a time. They offer meals and shelter to those in need. But they also provide access to education and job training and so much more. They ultimately empower people to provide a home for themselves and their family.
How Charleston Wine + Food Gives Back
So, how does Charleston Wine + Food factor into the mission of One80 Place? Well, in two ways. First, they donate unused food from the CWF Festival to One80 Place. This is a great help since the shelter feeds 500 people a day! Last year, the donation from CWF totaled 4000 pounds! This donation goes beyond feeding people as it also benefits the culinary training program. Food from the CWF festival provides a greater variety of ingredients for students to work with while crafting their skills. CWF also provides financial assistance. Last year, they were able to provide One80 Place with a $30,000 check to benefit the culinary training program!
The Success of the Culinary Training Program
The One80 Place Culinary Training Program is a 5-week course that teaches basic kitchen skills and prepares people for jobs in the culinary industry. Additionally, local chefs lecture and mentor the students and some even provide “externships”. At the end of the 5 weeks, participants get real world training in Charleston area restaurants. The program currently boasts a 95% job placement rate! One recent graduate worked alongside a chef from Smoke BBQ at the CWF Festival. The chef was so impressed with him that an offer to work at the restaurant followed. He quickly worked his way up to sous chef and is now co-owner of a local food company. When he came to One80 place, he was a coast guard veteran without a job or a home. This program is a testament to what people can accomplish when given an opportunity.
So, when you’re fueling your body and soul at the Charleston Wine + Food Festival, know that you are also helping better the lives of others. You are contributing to a local organization that is committed to changing lives and healing families.
More on Charleston Wine + Food Festival: http://www.lowcountryweekend.com/series/chs-wine-food/