Feeding A Foundation
The restaurant industry employs almost 10 percent of the U.S. workforce -- nearly 13 million people. The mission of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) is to enhance the restaurant industry's service to the public through education, community engagement and promotion of career opportunities.
Founded in 1987, the NRAEF is the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association. The NRAEF impacts the prosperity of the restaurant industry by developing a stronger workforce and building the next generation of industry leaders. The Foundation’s educational initiatives provide culinary, management, food safety and employability skills training to build a pipeline of talent for the growing industry.
The Foundation’s cornerstone program - ProStart- is a two year, nationwide program that develops the best and brightest talent into tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice leaders. ProStart serves 95,000 students at over 1,900 high schools in 48 states, Guam and U.S. military bases. A life changing experience for the students, educators and mentors that make up the program, ProStart trains students academically in the classroom and experientially on the job.
Additionally, the NRAEF awards scholarships to students and educators to provide continued industry education. Since 1997, the NRAEF has awarded $14 million in scholarships.
Contributions to the NRAEF ensure the continued growth of our industry by directly supporting future chefs, managers, operators and suppliers. Whether it's through your support of the ProStart® Program, the NRAEF Scholarship Program, special events, or your philanthropic gifts, your donations are essential to our success.
Interested in a career at the NRAEF? Current job openings are posted on the National Restaurant Association website.
Meet the Foundation's senior leadership