With Juneteenth coming up this Sunday, Feed the Soul Foundation is tapping into the community by collaborating with Texas’s beloved accessory brand Kendra Scott to raise funds for the foundation's Project NXT Scholarship. The partnership aims to raise $7,500 to award minority students at Houston’s Conrad N. Hilton College of Global Hospitality Leadership the chance to be a part of the Culinary Institute of America’s 2023 summer program.
The fundraiser will take place Saturday, June 18, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at all Houston-area Kendra Scott locations (Heights Mercantile, First Colony, Highland Village, Katy Cinco Ranch, The Woodlands, Cypress, Friendswood, and Houston City Centre). Each store will raffle off $50 gift cards to select local Black-owned eateries—including, at various locations, Kale Me Crazy, Upper Kirby Bistro, Craft Burger, Mikki’s Soulfood, Greasy Spoon, Viola & Agnes Cafe, Prospect Park Willowbrook, and World Foodie Barr—with 20 percent of the total purchase price going toward the Project NXT Scholarship Fund.
“We're honored and thrilled to partner with Feed the Soul Foundation for a second year,” Hilary Wetmore, Kendra Scott’s Houston marketing & philanthropy manager, tells Houstonia. “We’re highlighting a handful of the amazing Black-owned restaurants that also call Houston home, as well as raising funds for future culinary entrepreneurs."
Feed the Soul Foundation was established under the auspices of Black Restaurant Week to help cultivate, create, and support marginalized culinary businesses around the Houston area. Through its philanthropy and fundraising, the organization aids restaurants with business development, scholarships, and emergency funding. In 2021, the organization donated $15,000 to send two students to the Culinary Institute of America summer program through the Project NXT Scholarship—this is your chance to help them send more next summer!