Chefs José Andrés, Ingrid Hoffmann and Adrianne Calvo to Join Kick Off of Plant it Forward crops to


Chefs José Andrés, Ingrid Hoffmann and Adrianne Calvo to Join Kick Off of Plant it Forward crops to table educationalprogram at 'One America' tour stop in Miami's Liberty City

Miami-Dade's largest aquaponic lab will open to educate students about urban agriculture; Celebrity chefs will lead discussion on how to innovate in making food accessible to all; Volunteers to assemble 1,000 mobile garden bags for local residents in need

Chef José Andrés to receive Daily Point of Light Award

--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Points of Light, Chase, and Florida International University:


Celebrity chefs José Andrés, Ingrid Hoffmann and Adrianne Calvo will help kick off The Education Effect's Plant it Forward, a unique program that teaches students innovations in food production and preparation, entrepreneurship skills and empowers them to give back to their communities at Miami Northwestern Senior High School in Liberty City. The kick off is part of the 'One America' national volunteer service tour led by Points of Light and Chase that aims to inspire million of Americans to serve their communities. The panel of chefs will discuss sustainable solutions to increasing food accessibility in south Florida, where nearly 950,000 individuals struggle with hunger and 1 in 4 children go to bed hungry according to Feeding South Florida. The Daily Point of Light Award celebrating the commitment of individuals to improving the world will also be presented to José Andrés.

Plant it Forward is an extension of The Education Effect, Florida International University's (FIU) university-community school partnership that was launched in 2011 and is supported by Chase. Through the program, students will manage the largest aquaponics lab in Miami-Dade County, tend to grow boxes, sell their produce at food stands and mobile markets throughout Liberty City and teach cooking and nutrition lessons at schools, churches and community events.


Brandon Allen, Student, Miami Northwestern High School

José Andrés, chef and philanthropist, Think Food Group

Wallace Aristide, Miami Northwestern Principal

Adrianne Calvo, Owner, Chef Adrianne's Vineyard Restaurant & Wine Bar

Dale Hirsch, HandsOn Miami President & CEO

Ingrid Hoffmann, Host of Simply Delicioso and Delicioso

Tracy Hoover, Points of Light President

Mel Martinez, former senator and JPMorgan Chase Florida Chairman

Dr. Mark Rosenberg, FIU President


Miami Northwestern Senior High School

1100 NW 71st Street, Miami, FL


Thursday, October 17, 2013

3:00-3:30 PM: Student led tours of the aquaponics lab

3:30-4:15 PM: Panel discussion led by celebrity chefs

4:15-5:15 PM: Service project with volunteers assembling mobile gardens bags


Student-led tours of aquaponics lab and grow boxes, ribbon cutting ceremony of aquaponics lab; celebrity chef panel; presentation of the Daily Point of Light Award to José Andrés; volunteers assembling garden kits.

To learn more about Plant it Forward or One America, visit Facebook or follow the conversation on Twitter using #1America, @PointsofLight, @ChaseGiving or @FIU.

About Chase

Chase is the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYS: JPM) , a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.4 trillion and operations in more than 60 countries. Chase serves more than 52 million consumers and small businesses through more than 5,600 bank branches, 18,700 ATMs, credit cards, mortgage offices, and online and mobile banking as well as through relationships with auto dealerships. More information about Chase is available at

About FIU

Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. Its colleges and schools offer more than 180 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida's anchor institutions, FIU is Worlds Ahead in its local and global engagement, finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU has awarded 200,000 degrees and enrolls 50,000 students in two campuses and three centers. For more information about FIU, visit

About Points of Light Points of Light—the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer service—mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages four million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people to bear where it's needed most. For more information, go to

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