By Cassie Hepler
“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
This widely known quote is often spoken but rarely followed. But in the case of The Vetri Foundation for Children, they are putting these very words into action since 2008.
Philadelphia’s well-known restauranteur Marc Vetri found his true love in cooking after he dabbled in the music industry as a guitarist. He’s now sharing that love of fresh produce, healthy eating and living through his non-profit, charitable organization to teach children the love of healthy food. Jeff Benjamin also serves as an important part of the organization as co-founder of the Vetri Foundation for Children as well as partner and COO for the Vetri restaurants.
Garrett Snider and The Garrett Getlin Snider Foundation hosted a benefit at The Rittenhouse Hotel to raise awareness for The Vetri Foundation For Children‘s Eatiquette program on Jan. 21, 2015 during one of the first snowfalls of the season. Instead of eating processed foods like frozen pizzas and chicken nuggets, Eatiquette aims to bring healthy choices to the school lunchroom. Guests enjoyed specialty cocktails and hors d’oeuvres with some of Philadelphia’s top chefs and philanthropists.
And at one point during the informational video which aired before Snider, Vetri and Benjamin spoke, someone was talking about how one child did not know what an onion was which drew gasps from the crowd. Truly, Vetri’s heart is in the right place while starting at the right age. After the speeches, a young lady called out to announce the children in the video are the children from her neighborhood. And alas, it was Diamond Edmonds, Miss Philadelphia, who recently joined Project Sunshine in its holiday volunteering at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. A great cause with great people can only be described as a winning night!