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Blog · March 21, 2019

Gourmondo Lunches In Support of YouthCare

Gourmondo Lunches In Support of YouthCare

On March 21st, Gourmondo’s executive team attended YouthCare’s 34th Annual Luncheon held at The Westin. The event raised more than $800,000 (the most in the organization’s history) to support YouthCare programs that empower homeless youth to achieve their potential.

The event featured three eloquent speakers and YouthCare alumni, who shared incredible stories of hardship and ultimate triumph with the helping hand of YouthCare, an organization that is near and dear to our founder’s heart – Gourmondo has been working with over the last three years.

We began our relationship with the organization by spreading the word about YouthCare via our boxed lunch delivery program, including flyers in every box. When we launched our Giving Box in 2016, a portion of its proceeds went to support YouthCare’s programs. We also employ and mentor at-risk and homeless youth and extend our commitment to helping by supporting and partnering with YouthCare. We donate dinner to the young adults at YouthCare on a weekly basis, we contribute financially to the organization, and we provide job opportunities in our cafes for those at-risk youth that graduate from the YouthCare barista program.

“I believe one of the greatest challenges our city faces is the inability to successfully support underprivileged youth,” says Gourmondo founder Alissa Leinonen. “At Gourmondo, we are uniquely positioned to mentor, support, and lift up youth by providing employment opportunities that directly helps these vulnerable youth. It’s critical to provide resources and create opportunities for at-risk youth. This care and support provides a positive foundation for young men and women to build self-confidence and a sense of purpose, learn critical skills, be part of a supportive community, and to earn an income.

At-risk youth are often children who have lost their way because they can’t find a light at the end of a dark tunnel. Oftentimes all they need is a glimmer of something positive they can hold onto. They need to know someone cares and that someone important to them believes in their potential. These kids are all around us, and there is nothing more fulfilling and rewarding than recognizing and quietly supporting these kids. It’s transformative for them as well as to those who have lent a helping hand."

For more information about YouthCare, visit