The Floured Apron has been hard at work growing their mission of empowering women from underserved communities with the training, knowledge, and support to forge a new and more economically-secure career path in the food industry.
“We’re the little engine that could,” said Emily Boling, founder of the organization.
Since their Small Forces story was released, they have forged new partnerships with Organic Valley and Guittard Chocolate, who donate all the necessary dairy and chocolate products, respectively.
“Larger brands are recognizing what we do and validating it,” Emily said.
These important partnerships have paved the way for what Emily describes as a pivotal point in their growth.
They have 10 new agency partners connecting them with prospective students. 85% of of their graduates have gone on to full time jobs, and 92% are still in those jobs 6-12 months later. Their products are sold at Lakeside Foods in Winnetka, and they are also partnering with local restaurants to make their desserts. The catering business is booming as well. They have hired some of their graduates to lead the catering side of The Floured Apron, and are officially one of the preferred catering partners for 1871, Chicago’s tech start up hub.
Supporting The Floured Apron is sweet. You can hire them to cater your next party, or buy their products, if you are in the Chicago area. If you have any connections with people working in the food industry, Emily is always looking for people to share their expertise with the highly-motivated students, either through a workshop or a speech. And of course, the organization always accepts donations at their website, which are used directly towards supporting the women in the program.
We are excited to watch The Floured Apron continue to grow.