WASHINGTON, June 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) announced today it has partnered with Cambro Manufacturing Company to provide culinary equipment and supplies to dozens of in-need high schools across the country. More than 35 schools across 10 states were the first to benefit from Cambro's donation, which supports the NRAEF's ProStart program, a nationwide, two-year high school program that unites the classroom and industry to develop the best and brightest talent into tomorrow's restaurant and foodservice leaders.
"We can't thank Cambro enough for being an advocate for ProStart and providing top-of-the-line tools to train students in skills that will help them achieve exciting, rewarding careers," said Rob Gifford, executive vice president, strategic operations and philanthropy for the National Restaurant Association and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. "As part of the ProStart curriculum, students learn the latest culinary techniques and trends from chef and management professionals working in the industry today. With Cambro's donation to some of our most in-need programs, we can continue to exceed our goals of meeting the industry's need for a skilled workforce."
"Cambro is committed to investing in the people and programs that make up the future of the restaurant industry. ProStart is an incredibly valuable program that continues to grow and we are proud to play an important role in helping in-need programs succeed," said Greg Fischer, executive vice president, sales and marketing for Cambro Manufacturing Company. "We see how much ProStart students share our passion for and commitment to foodservice and want to continue to support them as they work toward achieving their goals of having a career in the restaurant and hospitality industry."
A complete list of the 37 schools which received donated equipment this year is available upon request.
Total restaurant and foodservice employment is projected to grow by 11 percent over the next 10 years and the NRAEF is committed to ensuring the development of a highly-trained and professional talent pool through scholarships and educational programs such as ProStart. With national and local support from industry members, educators, the NRAEF and state restaurant associations, ProStart is taught in more than 1,700 schools to nearly 100,000 students across 48 states, Guam and on Department of Defense military bases. For more information on the ProStart program, visit NRAEF.org/ProStart or find us on Twitter or Facebook.
About the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation:
As the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the NRAEF exists to enhance the restaurant industry's service to the public through education, community engagement and promotion of career opportunities. The NRAEF works to attract, develop and retain a career-oriented professional workforce for the restaurant industry. The restaurant and foodservice industry comprises 980,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of more than 13 million employees, making it one of the nation's largest employers. For more information on the NRAEF, visit NRAEF.org.
Cambro Manufacturing is based in Huntington Beach, California, USA, and is a leading manufacturer and supplier of equipment and supplies to the foodservice industry worldwide. For more information about Cambro, visit www.cambro.com
SOURCE National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation