Whole Foods Market Santa Monica has given St. Joseph Center $3,196 as part of a grant from Food For All, a program of the Food Industry Crusade Against Hunger (FICAH), that fights to alleviate hunger and malnutrition worldwide.

The $3,196 will help support the St. Joseph Center Culinary Training Program, which is a free ten-week course that prepares low-income individuals to enter careers in the food service industry.

Most Culinary Training Program students live far below the poverty line, and many have experience with going hungry.

This training enables them to quickly enter the workforce and begin to reach toward stability and self-sufficiency.

In 1985, the Food Industry Crusade Against Hunger (FICAH), was founded as the food industry’s response to assisting in the devastating Ethiopian famine.

FICAH has now partnered on anti-hunger programs in 64 countries and all across the United States.

In that same year, a group of concerned citizens in Southern California founded an organization called Food For All, with a similar mission and fund-raising program.

Since the founding of both organizations, $30,305,548 has been invested in anti-hunger programs in the United States and worldwide.

OPEN HOUSE — Sixty St. Joseph Center supporters turned out for an open house at the center’s temporary facililty at 400 W. Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, Wednesday, October 19th.

The event was catered by St. Joseph Center’s Culinary Training Program and introduced supporters to the center’s 7,500-square-foot interim site that will house the center’s administration, Family Center and Food Pantry Program, and Senior Services for approximately 18 months while a new and permanent main service building is under renovation and construction at 204 Hampton Drive, Venice.