In 2013, a group of students from Immokalee High School were returning to school after participating in a Meals for Hope event. As they passed the orange groves and tomato fields, an idea sparked. “What if we created food products from all this produce, and sold them so we can give back and help the hungry in our own community?”
As the answers to that powerful question began to unfold, Taste of Immokalee was born.
Founded by the 1 By 1 Leadership Foundation, Taste of Immokalee has grown into a successful social enterprise model. Under the guidance of mentors and business professionals, students create and sell delicious products inspired by the abundance of fresh produce in our community. Every product purchasedÂ reflects our culture, family recipes, and hope for an end to poverty in our community.
We are a Benefit Corporation That Provides Students With:
The business and leadership skills needed to succeed through social entrepreneurship.
A purpose to help them thrive, reach for their dreams, overcome obstacles and become productive members of society.
An opportunity to initiate change and make a difference in their community of Immokalee.
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Taste of Immokalee is a benefit corporation with a mission to provide students with “hands-on” experience in all aspects of business, with a focus on social entrepreneurship to give back to the community of Immokalee.
Our vision is to create an innovative approach through business that educates youth with skills and knowledge needed to solve social, economic, and educational issues through community and educational partnerships.
What is Immokalee?
Immokalee means “my home” in Seminole. It is located in the northern Collier County along Florida State Road 29. Immokalee is home to many immigrant and migrant families who work the field under harsh conditions.
The area produces cucumbers, bell peppers, citrus, and about 90% of the nation’s tomatoes that are harvested during the winter months. Although located in Collier County near one of the nation’s wealthiest cities, Naples, Immokalee’s demographics are in sharp contrast, with a median household income of $25,720, nearly 50% below the State’s median.