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Board Action Request

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Authorization to accept donation from an anonymous donor to fund a Chef-in-Residence program for youth at the County Home School, $10,000 (recv)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners pursuant to Minn. Stat. §465.03 hereby accepts a donation of $10,000 from an anonymous donor to implement a Chef-in-Residence program at the County Home School, and also accepts the responsibility of administering the funds on behalf of Hennepin County; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Hennepin County Controller shall transfer such funds to the Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation to be used to implement a Chef in Residence program at the County Home School; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the sponsorship and acceptance of this donation for this program by the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners does not imply a continued funding commitment by the county for this program when funds are no longer available.


This donation was offered to the County Home School to form the basis of a Chef in Residence pilot program. The Chef in Residence program will provide a hands on approach to food literacy, food preparation, menu planning, demonstrated cooking skills, and introduction to career paths available to residents of the County Home School. These skills and attributes will help to sustain the daily preparation of healthy, tasty, affordable meals for themselves and their families.

County Home School will use the funds to provide a monthly payment to the chef in residence for the prep time and classroom time with the youth. Funds will also be used for incentive items for youth related to cooking and what they are learning in the sessions and for supplies needed to have hands on meal preparation opportunities. This program will provide an opportunity for the youth to prepare a complete meal for all staff and residents on campus at least twice during the delivery of this program. The program will run for 12 months and will be administered in one boys and one girls program. Two community chefs, who have a passion around working with at-risk youth and who have connections in this domain of restaurants, have been selected.