Foundation For Culinary Arts Awarded Grand from Million Dollar Round Table Foundation

CHICAGO, IL (March 6, 2023) – Foundation For Culinary Arts (FFCA) is thrilled to share that it has been awarded a $5,000 grant from The Million Dollar Round Table Foundation (MDRT). MDRT is fa global, independent association of more than 86,000 of the world’s leading life insurance and financial services professionals whose mission is to raise funds to give back to their communities.

This grant will assist FFCA in continuing its mission to inspire and empower socially and economically disadvantaged students through educational programming and career advancement opportunities. Part of that programming is the Foundation’s Yes, Chef! Culinary Camp, which introduces Chicago Public School high school students to culinary skills, nutrition education and more through seasonal camps.

“We are beyond grateful for this grant and as we enter our seventh year of offering the Yes, Chef! Camps and our first in-person camps since 2019, this generous donation will assist FFCA in providing the assets needed to continue making camp an amazing experience for the students,” said Catherine De Orio, Executive Director, FFCA.

Including one, two and five day camps, each Yes, Chef! Camp is designed to broaden each student’s horizons in culinary, culture and community. Campers spend time bonding with students from other schools while learning valuable career and portable life skills, including lessons on nutrition, sustainability and foodways.

For more information about Foundation For Culinary Arts and Yes, Chef! Camp, please visit

MDRT gives to charitable organizations worldwide, demonstrating the generosity, service, and impact of MDRT members.  This year, the MDRT Foundation will award over $1.6 million in MDRT member-endorsed grants to over 300 charitable organizations worldwide, including Foundation For Culinary Arts.

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