America’s favorite burger chain steps up to support California youth
“We’re exceptionally proud that this event is so successful,” said Russ Bendel, president and CEO of the Habit Burger Grill. “As a company, we are committed to giving back and opening doors for the future of our industry, and working with CRAEF toward that mission.”
Habit has donated thousands of burger vouchers to entice attendees to open their wallets, resulting in nearly $40,000 raised at previous shows, and at soft opening events at new Habit locations. The cash will benefit CRAEF’s ProStart program, which provides support for high school culinary arts programs and brings real-world, hands-on training to students, as well as field trips, guest speakers, job shadowing, competition costs, ServSafe certification, equipment, supplies and food. There are 8,300 students enrolled in ProStart classes in 102 high schools across California, including 18 in Orange County.
Stop by booth No. 1654 at WFHE to learn more. Interview opportunities with ProStart instructors and students, as well as CRAEF staff, are available.
About the California Restaurant Association Educational Foundation: CRAEF has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships and grants since its inception in 1981. CRAEF works to enhance education and training programs within the hospitality industry. ProStart is a two-year program designed to prepare high school juniors and seniors for exciting careers in foodservice.