What’s On the Plate of NYC’s Food Workers?

Monday, March 23, 2015 -
11:45am to 2:00pm EDT
Philanthropy New York, 79 Fifth Avenue, 4th Floor, NYC
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In November, the Mayor’s Jobs for New Yorkers Task Force released a report that identified the food-service industry as one of six priority sectors for workforce development. This is a surprise, given the traditional perception of food service as being limited in career advancement. Indeed, the restaurant industry is one of the largest and fastest-growing employers, with more than 150,000 workers in New York City and nearly 11 million workers nationwide. While typically known for low wages and unpredictable work hours, the industry has a well-kept secret leading to good paying jobs.  

This session will examine internal mobility and career patterns in the restaurant industry. Learn how philanthropy connects with the efforts to expand opportunity in the industry.

Join us for lunch conversation with organizers, employers, advocates and funders about restaurant work and workforce development in New York City and beyond.

  • Best practices for skills-training, curricula and hands-on learning
  • Opportunities and barriers that exist for women, people of color and immigrants to move up the ladder in this industry
  • How we can expand access to training and employment opportunities for youth
  • The role that high-road employers can play in supporting programs to lift workplace standards and formalize career ladders


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All interested funders.


11:45 AM - 12:00 PM  Check-in
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM  Program
Lunch will be provided

Registration is required by March 20.

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Non-Member Funders: Please email register@philanthropynewyork.org ($150 fee)

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