"Taste of Immokalee gives our students a platform to have a voice and make a difference. They are creating something
that the world sees as valuable, which has instilled a sense of pride and confidence in children who otherwise had
none. They are no longer the underdog; they are game changers."

Executive Director, Marie Capita, on the transformation occurring through Taste of Immokalee

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Since 2014

​Since our beginnings in 2014, the founding students pictured above are flourishing in college campuses around the country – the first in their families to have the opportunity to obtain a college education. That success has continued with the many students who have participated in Taste of Immokalee since.

Our 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


By The Numbers

We are grateful for the opportunity to make a significant impact on young lives, and the community of
Immokalee, Florida. The statistics below represent our success after just two full years of operation.

90%

of students became aware of
possible career paths thanks to
Taste of Immokalee.

87%

agree that Taste of Immokalee has made a significant difference in their life.

53%

of students receive mentorship from our alumni who value the opportunity to remain involved.

As our students are benefitting from our program, they are also impacting hundreds of lives in
their hometown of Immokalee, Florida through their ability to give back.

Social Responsibility: Giving Back

All profits from the sale of Taste of Immokalee products are poured back into the community of Immokalee, Florida to support youth programs, fight hunger, or provide disaster and other emergency assistance. Each year our students collaboratively choose the cause or organization ​to support with profits earned during the year. Here’s a look at some of our recent outreach.

Immokalee<br> Child Care Center

Immokalee
Child Care Center

In 2016, our students purchased toys and games for the Center, and spent time playing and bringing smiles to the children.

Immokalee<br> Pregnancy Center

Immokalee
Pregnancy Center

After learning that many migrant mothers did not have clothing for their babies, students purchased newborn clothing to donate to the local hospital.

Hurricane<br> Irma Relief

Hurricane
Irma Relief

A donation of $10,000 to the Benison Center enabled the transport of supplies to families devastated by Hurricane Irma in 2017.

Every time you purchase a Taste of Immokalee product, you help us continue to be a
blessing to so many others. Thank you for helping us make a difference!

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Student Success Stories

Student Success Story: Alfredo Villalobos Perez

Alfredo Villalobos Perez

Alfredo Villalobos Perez vividly recalls his childhood on the road with his migrant family, following the picking season and switching...

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Student Success Story: Regine Francois

Regine Francois

Growing up in poverty and wondering if her family would eat at night, Regine Francois shares how Taste of Immokalee...

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Student Success Story: Elizabeth Martinez

Elizabeth Martinez

As a high school senior, Elizabeth Martinez was one of the founders of Taste of Immokalee. She vividly recalls the...

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Student Success Story: Yvelande Astreide

Yvelande Astreide

When Yvelande Astreide joined Taste of Immokalee just before her senior year of high school, she was the quiet girl...

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Student Success Story: Eric Garcia

Eric Garcia

When Eric Garcia joined Taste of Immokalee as a sophomore in high school, his entire world changed. The son of...

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Student Success Story: Wilvens Astreide

Wilvens Astreide

One of the unique things that sets Taste of Immokalee’s student entrepreneurship program apart is that we allow students to...

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INVEST where it matters most

An investment in Taste of Immokalee is an investment in the future of hundreds of young lives that just need a chance.

“This isn’t about us. It’s about kids…and Immokalee. This is about taking a community and making it thrive in the future. We’re inviting you to participate in that with all the enthusiasm, all the joy, all the energy you could possibly bring.” -Reid Carpenter

“There is no better place that you can invest time, money, energy, relationship than in the Sebastians and the Abigails of the world. We have to give them a shot.” -Sherman Brown

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