OAKLAND, CA – 25 Jul, 2017 – The Town Kitchen PBC announced today that it closed a $1M seed round to expand corporate food delivery operations and continue the long-term employment of foster youth.
The Town Kitchen is a high-growth food company that provides urban youth with job readiness training and fair-wage employment. The round was led by the Urban Innovation Fund who invests in early-stage innovators solving the toughest urban challenges. “The Town Kitchen has shown an ability to grow quickly and sustainably — with almost no outside capital to date — while building a strong model for what workforce development should look like,” says Clara Brenner, Managing Partner of the fund.
Other participants in the round include Better Ventures, SheEO, Rose Culinary Ventures, David Leventhal and Bay Area Slow Money syndicate, SOIL.
“By leveraging a local food system, we’re able to drive upward economic mobility for the young people who need it most. We’re especially excited to have investors who believe strongly in The Town Kitchen’s ability to be both a high-growth and high-impact company,” says Sabrina Mutukisna, Founder & CEO. Prior to The Town Kitchen, Mutukisna worked with California State University and NASA to train pre-service teachers from urban communities and scale STEM education in afterschool.
Mutukisna is joined by Tara Mutukisna (The Town Kitchen’s COO and Sabrina’s sister) and Jefferson Sevilla (Executive Chef), both former Googlers born outside the United States. The three co-founders were inspired to start The Town Kitchen to provide inner-city youth with job readiness training, high-quality jobs, and access to Oakland’s vibrant tech scene.
“There are nearly 5 million young Americans that are not employed or in school. The majority of those young people have never stepped foot in Facebook, Google, and Amazon,” states Sabrina Mutukisna. “The Town Kitchen’s focuses on bridging this divide between tech and local communities. Something as simple as ordering lunch means our youth employees gain exposure to new companies and visualize new careers. It’s not just about giving back, our clients know that the talent pipeline begins in urban high schools and youth coding camps.” Since launching in 2015, The Town Kitchen bootstrapped to deliver over 100,000 lunches to clients including Renew Financial, UC Berkeley and Tech Inclusion — all the while employing foster youth at an average wage of $15.65/hr. “It felt really good to support a business that employs local youth. Personally, I think food is extra-nourishing when there are good vibes behind it,” says Ainsley Hill, Director of Workplace at Renew Financial.
The founding team knows that sentiment is scalable. As corporate social responsibility becomes a fundamental strategic priority, The Town Kitchen looks to scale to every major metro in the US. The Town Kitchen offers buffet-style hot lunch and boxed lunch services beginning at $11/pp with order minimums of 10. It currently serves Oakland, San Francisco, Berkeley and Richmond with same-day service available before 10 am.
Online ordering is available at www.thetownkitchen.com
About The Town Kitchen
The Town Kitchen is a tech-enabled food company that delivers chef-crafted corporate lunch and employs inner-city youth. Founded in 2015, The Town Kitchen highlights locally-sourced and flexible food options to Fortune 500 companies.
To learn more, contact Sabrina Mutukisna at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.thetownkitchen.com
Company Name: The Town Kitchen
Contact Person: Sabrina Mutukisna
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