Chef Garvin Whips Up ‘Give It Up For Good’ Campaign
His fantastic cuisine has made Chef Garvin famous and now he is giving back. Chef Garvin has partnered with Allstate in an effort to highlight local heroes in communities throughout America.
It’s part of the Give It Up For Good campaign, a national program focused on highlighting good deeds of everyday people who usually don’t get attention, especially in communities of color.
“I think it’s important to highlight people who are doing good, particularly among people of color, because there is a huge misconception that all things hood are bad and everyone in the neighborhood is doing something bad. That is not the case,” Garvin told theGrio.
“You go into a lot of African-American communities, and, yes, there are problems, but there also are people who are really doing really great stuff. Whether it’s keeping kids safe at programs, working at the local YMCA, volunteering at some of the shelters or just being neighborhood mentors.”
Garvin also fights hunger and childhood obesity through his One Bite Foundation, a nonprofit organization Garvin created in 2009. The foundation also addressed the issues of homelessness and domestic violence.
“The One Bite at a Time Foundation is an extension of who I am and what I believe. I think that no child should ever go to sleep hungry, as well no adult. When you live in one of the richest countries in the world, I just think you should do more,” he said.
His good works don’t stop there. Gavin also hosts a Culinary Boot Camp to encourage African-American kids to enter the culinary field. “Because culinary and food saved my life, I thought it would be a great idea to get these kids involved,” he said.