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

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

-- October 11, 2013

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
WHAT:     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

WHO:       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
           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

WHERE:     Miami Northwestern Senior High School
           1100 NW 71st Street, Miami, FL

WHEN:      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
VISUALS:   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

About Chase

Chase is the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase &
Co. (NYSE: 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. Itscolleges and schoolsoffer more than 180 bachelor’s, master’s
and doctoralprograms 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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