OUR STORY

LIBERTY’S KITCHEN BEGAN
AROUND A KITCHEN TABLE IN 2008.

Founder Janet Gorence Davas

Janet Gorence Davas opened our first location across the street from a New Orleans courthouse as a counterpoint to incarceration. Her vision was to create a place where young adults who had been neglected or criminalized could come for a hot meal, a job opportunity, and a support system.

Over ten years later, we are still that place, and 800+ young people have come through our doors. One important factor has changed. The young people who knocked on our door seeking guidance are now guiding us.

Liberty’s Kitchen now operates two dine-in locations, a catering business, and several community food access projects. We train motivated young adults who are facing extraordinary challenges to access employment and education, and develop their skills as leaders and mentors. These young leaders play pivotal roles in our businesses, programs, and planning.

In our second decade, we still sit around a kitchen table. But we are leveraging our expanded community presence and deep well of graduate talent to work toward a better city–one where every young person can succeed. We hope you will join us in this mission.

Our Mission

Liberty’s Kitchen provides pathways for New Orleans young people to create and achieve their vision of success. Food–at the heart of our city’s economy, culture, and future–is our chosen vehicle for change.

Our Vision

A community where all young people can succeed.

The conditions that have deprived so many youth of the opportunity to reach their full potential are not new–they have existed for hundreds of years. We know we will not change these conditions overnight. However, we envision that our work today will enable the life of the children and grandchildren of our graduates to be easier than theirs have been.

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Our Values

Youth Centered

We exist to be a platform for youth to create and achieve their vision of success. Therefore we must hear, respect, and amplify their voices.

Grounded in Racial Equity

Adverse conditions disproportionately facing youth of color are a legacy of structural inequality. We simultaneously support the individual while working to address patterns of inequity.

Committed to Excellence

Overcoming entrenched social challenges requires vision, creativity, and effort equal to the scope of the problem. We strive to do our best work on a daily basis.

Interdependent

“We are because you are.” Our work in the kitchen, in the program, and in the community is highly collaborative. We use partnerships and relationships to create the change we envision.

Our Work

Timeline

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Our impact

750

YOUTH SERVED

90

PERCENT EMPLOYMENT RATE FOR GRADUATES

20000

POUNDS OF PRODUCE PURCHASED IN CORNER STORES

3

BUSINESSES STARTED BY ALUMNI (AND COUNTING!)