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Taste of Immokalee is a youth entrepreneurship program

dedicated to empowering high school students to break the cycle of
poverty in Immokalee, one of Florida’s poorest communities.

About us

Our Products

Farm-fresh ingredients are used to create great tasting salsa and sauces. Profits from the sale of our products are used to alleviate the extreme poverty in our hometown of Immokalee, Florida.

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Our Programs

Working with business mentors in both classroom and field settings, our youth entrepreneurship program gives students from Immokalee and Naples real-world business experience.

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The Impact

Students learn to solve problems and make a positive impact in their world. 100% of the profits are returned to Immokalee, changing the lives of our students, their families, and the community.

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Products that give back

Taste of Immokalee products meet the highest quality standards and align with the growing demand for products that are low calorie, low or no fat, and cholesterol free. When you purchase our specialty items, you’re getting far more than great-tasting, healthy products. You’re also helping to break the cycle of poverty in Immokalee and create a bright future for our students.

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Gifts That Give Back
HOLIDAY GIFTS

Surprise your gift recipients near and far with a Taste of Immokalee gift bundle.

They’ll love not only the Florida-fresh flavors but also knowing that 100% of the profits are used to help teens in our community break the cycle of poverty.

Place your order today to ensure delivery by Christmas!

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The Flavors are “Amazing”

Taste of Immokalee was thrilled to have chef Daniel Serfer, owner of restaurant Blue Collar Miami (featured on Food Network), open his restaurant to VIP guests eager to sample Taste of Immokalee products. Miami Dolphins player Ja’Wuan James said the ribs made with Taste of Immokalee’s BBQ sauce “were amazing!” Experience that amazing flavor when you buy our products (or just go ahead and get the BBQ sauce!). Read the story here.

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Miami Dolphins player, Ja'Wuan James

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With Chef Daniel Serfer and Univision's Raul de Molina

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Taste of Immokalee's students helping to prep for the luncheon at Blue Collar Miami

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Chef Daniel Serfer's amazing BBQ ribs made with Taste of Immokalee Chipotle BBQ sauce

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With Miami Dolphins players Ja'Wuan James, Kenyan Drake, and Kenny Stills

Thank You, Miami

Thank You, Miami

Taste of Immokalee thanks Chef Daniel Serfer, the Miami Dolphins players Kenny Stills, Ja’Wuan James and Kenyan Drake, media and all our VIP guests that gave us such a warm welcome at Blue Collar Miami.

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Our reason for being: our success stories

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Alfredo Villalobos Perez

Alfredo Villalobos Perez vividly recalls his childhood on the road with his migrant family, following the picking season and switching schools up to four times a year. Read his story to learn how Taste of Immokalee helped him see new possibilities and achieve his dream of becoming a doctor:   "Wake up and get ready for work," my dad says as he turns off the alarm in the small hotel room we call home. I was born in Guanajuato Mexico and at the...

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Regine Francois

Growing up in poverty and wondering if her family would eat at night, Regine Francois shares how Taste of Immokalee fueled her dreams of a better life and admittance into Columbia University. Now a world away in the Big Apple, Regine continues to serve on our College Advisory board and will always be proud to call Immokalee home:   "My family emigrated from Haiti when I was just four years old. Neither of my parents graduated from high school. Although a daily struggle,...

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Elizabeth Martinez

As a high school senior, Elizabeth Martinez was one of the founders of Taste of Immokalee. She vividly recalls the moment the idea sparked. "We were on a high school field trip, traveling on a bus to help with Meals of Hope. After packing meals that would be shared with the hungry and homeless in our community, we headed home, passing all the fields that surround our town of Immokalee. We started talking and wondering out loud: what if we used all this...

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