More than 200 attend Third Annual Celebration

It was an inspiring evening as over 200 people gathered December 5 for Root's Third Annual Celebration. Graduates Cassandra and Nicky shared their Root experiences with the crowd and several Root alumni joined us to share recipes, greet guests and talk about our program.

Mayor Driscoll presented the 2018 Root Community Leadership Award to Deborah Jeffers in recognition of her support of Root's youth workforce development program. In addition to all that she has done to support Root, Deb embodies our mission through her career trajectory in food services and her work to provide healthy food to thousands of young people in Salem each day.  

"The Root program has been one of the best experiences of my life,” Cassandra reflected during her speech. “It gave me the ability I needed to grow and improve. It was a lot of hard work, and new situations, but you can’t improve in life if you don’t get out of your comfort zone. The Root program has given me the skills I need in life whether I end up working in the culinary field or not. I learned that what I am good at is working with people, and the Root program has taught me how to use these skills more effectively."

Root is accepting applications for our next cohort beginning on January 7, 2019. Please spread the word to a young person, 16-to-24, who would benefit from Root's Workforce Development Program.

A special thank you to our partners, Woodman's of Essex and The Salem Cheese Shop, for working with our alumni Jayla and Henrique to create their delicious recipes for the event. Together — our friends, community and restaurant partners, and supporters — we are feeding opportunity and community and making a difference in the lives of young people in Essex County. Strong community partnerships are key to Root’s mission to provide youth, ages 16 to 24, with a pathway out of the cycle of poverty.  Special thanks to the following individuals and companies for their generous support of our Third Annual Celebration:

Lead Sponsor

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Champion Sponsors

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Event Sponsors

In-Kind Sponsors