About the NRAEF

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About the NRAEF

As the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s (NRAEF) mission of service to the public is dedicated to enhancing the industry’s training and education, career development and community engagement efforts.
Founded in 1987, the NRAEF and its portfolio of programs work to Attract, Empower and Advance today’s and tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice workforce.  Our industry leading initiatives include:  ProStart® – a national high-school career and technical education program; Restaurant Ready – partnering with community based organizations to provide “opportunity youth” with skills training and job opportunities; Military – helping military servicemen and women and veterans transition their skills to restaurant and foodservice careers; Scholarships – financial assistance for students pursuing restaurant, foodservice and hospitality degrees; and, the Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship – a partnership with the American Hotel & Lodging Association to develop the industry’s first-ever standardized apprenticeship and certification.
The strength of the NRAEF is directly linked to the support and involvement of restaurant and foodservice businesses both large and small.  More than 100 companies annually contribute to the NRAEF in support of its programs and events.  The member community of the National Restaurant Association actively sponsors and participates in major NRAEF events such as the national and state ProStart® competitions, the Ted J. Balestreri Leadership Golf Classic, the awarding of scholarships and grants and national awards presented each year for achievements that enhance the industry. 

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The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) announced today that the Coca-Cola Company has committed $1.5 million to support the Foundation’s efforts to attract, empower and advance today’s and tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice industry workforce.  Coca-Cola’s donation also marks the largest contribution by a corporation in the history of the Foundation.

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