Detroit Food Academy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that works with local educators, chefs, and business owners to inspire young Detroiters (ages 13-24) through self-directed entrepreneurial experiences rooted in food– experiences which open doors, create connections, and spark confidence. From cooking delicious healthy meals for friends and family to facilitating complex conversations with community to developing artisan food projects from scratch to market, students learn by transforming their ideas into reality. Through this process, they grow as holistic leaders who are healthy, connected, and powerful to affect change within and beyond the local food system.
In 2011, a year after starting Fresh Corner, our co-founder, Noam Kimelman, saw that the supply side of fresh food access was just a small piece of the puzzle. It didn’t begin to address the disenfranchisement, disconnection, under-appreciation, and poor education many Detroiters experience beginning at a very young age. He teamed up with fellow co-founders, Jen Rusciano and Amy Berkhoudt, and the Detroit Food Academy was born.