Parsippany-based B&G Foods, Inc. has founded the B&G Foods Scholarship at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) to support individuals from diverse backgrounds in their pursuits of culinary careers. With a goal of making culinary education and employment more accessible to all, the B&G Foods Scholarship will award five $10,000 grants to eligible students at the CIA each year with a total commitment of $1,000,000 in scholarships over the next eight years. Scholarship recipients who continue their education in good standing will receive the award each year until graduation.
B&G Foods’ partnership with the CIA is rooted in shared values of passion, collaboration, inclusion and empowerment. B&G Foods’ story began in 1889 when two immigrant families came to America in search of a better life. What began with one pickle brand sold on the streets of New York City has become a portfolio of more than 50 iconic and beloved brands—including, B&G, Green Giant, Crisco, Ortega, Clabber Girl, Cream of Wheat, Dash, Victoria and Back to Nature.
The scholarship is the latest addition to B&G Foods’ ongoing support of the CIA, and underscores its commitment to help build a more diverse and inclusive future for the food industry. The company has also committed to making ongoing in-kind contributions of products and ingredients for use in CIA classrooms and invites students to continue their engagement with B&G Foods through mentorship, internships, and potential employment.
Jordan Greenberg, executive vice president and chief commercial officer of B&G Foods stated, “Food is a universal language, and B&G Foods believes that the culinary arts are made infinitely more powerful with a diverse blend of people and perspectives. Whether students seek employment in or outside the kitchen, B&G Foods hopes that these annual awards will promote greater diversity, equity and inclusion within the world of food.”
“This scholarship program will help even more students realize their dreams of attending the world’s premier culinary college,” said Kevin Allan, vice president of Advancement at the CIA. “We are grateful to B&G Foods for their ongoing support of our mission and our students’ education.”
For more information about B&G Foods’ corporate social responsibility efforts, including the company’s environmental, sustainability and DEI efforts, please visit www.bgfoods.com/about/responsibility/.
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