The Garces Family Foundation
Founded in 2012 by Chef Jose and Dr. Beatriz Garces, The Garces Family Foundation is an organization committed to help the growing immigrant population in Philadelphia and the surrounding neighborhoods. Garces Family Foundation raises funds for local nonprofit organizations that are committed to improving the health and education of underprivileged immigrant citizens. The Men Who Dine were graciously invited to attend the black tie gala event at The Kimmel Center. Philadelphia’s top chefs came out to support this great event and cook an extraordinary meal.
The foundation will help build a community center in Philadelphia that will house a medical/dental office, a fitness/nutrition center, an after school program with tutoring support for grammar school children, and provide adults with English lessons.
The Garces Family Foundation is looking to support the public schools with the highest enrollment of immigrant children. The foundation will help improve school facilities and provide these children with a better learning environment. The foundation will help create educational programs and school gardens for public school students in the Philadelphia area as well as Bucks County where Chef Garces’ Luna Farm is located. Garces Family Foundation will highlight the importance of connecting people to the food they eat and encourage healthier eating habits, particularly in children. The program will eventually expand to teach adults in the community who want to learn about sustainable farming and create community gardens in empty city lots.
Supporting our vibrant and growing immigrant community is a crucial part of nurturing a healthy city as a whole, and we are devoted to making Philadelphia the best place to live, work and play by seeing that all our citizens have access to the care and education that they need. The Garces Family Foundation will provide access to essential services that allow each member of our community to actively contribute his or her talents to making this city truly world-class.