The Les Dames d’Escoffier Greater Des Moines Chapter works to establish and nurture relationships within the Des Moines community and give back to those organizations and individuals whose work aligns with our mission.
Our goals include helping women in food, beverage, and hospitality industries succeed; promoting and enhancing sustainable food systems; and working to ensure food security to all people.
Our Fundraising/Philanthropy committee works year-round to identify new initiatives and causes to support. Currently, we are in the process of establishing a scholarship program for women in the food, beverage, and hospitality industry. We are also focusing on activities and events that will raise awareness and help fund local causes such as environmental awareness, sustainable food systems, and food waste.
Our chapter hosted a screening and conversation with the filmmaker behind The Starfish Throwers, an award-winning documentary featuring the life-changing work of three individuals working to combat hunger within their own communities. This event was open to the public and raised funds for two organizations within the Des Moines metro area: The Food Bank of Iowa and Eat Greater Des Moines.
Annually, members collect new and gently used kitchen items from their homes and businesses to donate to a local refugee resettlement organization that helps furnish apartments for new families arriving to the United States.
Our chapter helped fund and participate in the Fuel Up First program, a joint effort by the Des Moines Police Department, the community, and the school system to provide free breakfasts on Monday mornings at East High School. The police had noticed a spike in petty crime and mischief on Monday mornings and recognized that after the weekend, kids were coming to school hungry. So far, the program is a great success!