About Taste of Immokalee
In 2014, a group of students from Immokalee High School were returning to school after participating in a Meals for Hope event. As they passed the orange groves and tomato fields, an idea sparked. “What if we created food products from all this produce, and sold them so we can give back and help the hungry in our own community?”
As the answers to that powerful question began to unfold, Taste of Immokalee was born.
Founded by the 1 By 1 Leadership Foundation, Taste of Immokalee has grown into a successful social enterprise model. Under the guidance of mentors and business professionals, students create and sell delicious products inspired by the abundance of fresh produce in our community. Every product purchased reflects our culture, family recipes, and hope for an end to poverty in our community.
About Our Student Entrepreneurship Program
Taste of Immokalee is a benefit corporation that uniquely provides hands-on learning in all areas of business.
Working in both classroom and field operation settings, under the guidance of professional business mentors, students are being equipped to break the cycle of poverty in their community by learning to become the next generation of entrepreneurs: innovative thinkers, diligent workers and astute problem solvers.
Students are involved with every aspect of our product offerings, including product testing, package design, manufacturing, accounting, sales and marketing. Through their involvement with Taste of Immokalee, students are provided with an opportunity to:
- Discover purpose and overcome obstacles
- Dream, knowing they are equipped to achieve those dreams
- Make a positive impact in their community
Since our beginnings in 2014, the founding students pictured here are among our program graduates that are flourishing in college campuses around the country – oftentimes the first in their families to have the opportunity to obtain a college education.
Taste of Immokalee graduates attend these universities and more:
- Arcadia University
- Cornell University
- Columbia University
- Grinnell College
- Florida Gulf Coast University
- Florida Southwestern University
- Florida State University
- Santa Fe College
- St. John’s University
- University of Florida
- University of South Florida
We are a Benefit Corporation That Provides Students With:
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Taste of Immokalee is a benefit corporation with a mission to provide students with hands-on experience in all aspects of business, with a focus on social entrepreneurship to give back to the community of Immokalee.
Our vision is to create an innovative approach to business that educates and empowers youth with skills and knowledge needed to solve social and economic problems, and influence positive change in their communities and the world.
Our Business: We provide Collier County youth with hands-on learning in business, social entrepreneurship and leadership to prepare for college and careers.
Our Purpose: Our business aims to give back to the community of Immokalee, using our profits to help those in need and empower youth.
Our Products: We deliver quality products that represent our culture and that are made with the freshest ingredients possible.
Our Employees: We hire employees who are eager to learn, work hard and share our commitment to making positive changes in our community.
Our Culture: We operate with integrity at all times, treating each other with respect, and serving our customers and partners to the best of our abilities.
What is Immokalee?
Immokalee means “my home” in Seminole. It is located in the northern Collier County along Florida State Road 29. Immokalee is home to many immigrant and migrant families who work the field under harsh conditions.
The area produces cucumbers, bell peppers, citrus, and about 90% of the nation’s tomatoes that are harvested during the winter months. Although located in Collier County near one of the nation’s wealthiest cities, Naples, Immokalee’s demographics are in sharp contrast, with a median household income of $25,720, nearly 50% below the State’s median.