City Seeds’ School of Food Receives Supporting Grant from OneMain Financial

Funds will support the School of Food Program which provides training and contract opportunities for food and beverage entrepreneurs.

Baltimore, Md. – September 19, 2016 – City Seeds, a culinary social enterprise committed to providing quality food and good jobs, announced today that it received a sizeable grant from OneMain Holdings, Inc., one of America’s leading personal finance companies offering responsible and transparent personal loan products, to support its School of Food Program.

“We are pushing forward a new model of social enterprise in the food industry—aiming to be recognized in Baltimore for growing the local food economy,” said City Seeds Director Deborah Haust.  “OneMain’s contribution will help us develop the best culinary job opportunities, cultivate the savviest food entrepreneurs, support the finest local food businesses and have the most delicious social impact in Baltimore.”

The grant from OneMain enables City Seeds to help former unemployed and underemployed food and beverage entrepreneurs start and grow their business by giving them food and business training.  School of Food offers a personalized curriculum that takes participants on a journey to learn the basics of business ownership, health regulations, financial forecasting and business marketing.

“Our partnership with City Seeds supports our goal to strengthen the social and economic vitality of our communities,” said Sheldon Caplis, Director of Community Relations for OneMain.  “We are proud to support such a rewarding organization and wish this year’s School of Food graduates much success.”

The 2016 School of Food graduates are:  Krystal Mack, Laura Wagner, Stacey Pack, Michelle Bond, Joan Kanner, Greg Carpenter, Doug Kauffman, Shevon Kaintuck, Peggy Murphy and Chi Yan.

Graduate Laura Wagner moved to Baltimore in January with the dream of opening a mobile wood fire pizza kitchen. Her team quickly got to work to launch Well Crafted Pizza. Thanks to School of Food, they were able to navigate Maryland’s health processes, learn about finances and participate in City Seeds’ annual food vendor fair at Lexington Market, where they had the opportunity to meet with local anchor institutions and other food buyers. They are now a part of School of Food’s scaling pipeline and network of business resources.

About City Seeds

City Seeds is a culinary social enterprise committed to providing quality food and good jobs, while growing Baltimore’s local food economy. They do this by sourcing and making local, all natural food and ingredients, training and hiring individuals with barriers to employment, as well as supporting local food entrepreneurs through their educational programming, institutional partnerships, and scaling opportunities. Services include wholesale food production, catering, retail kiosks and cafes, and educational programming through their School of Food program. Visit to learn more about the organization.

About One Main Holdings, Inc.

OneMain Holdings, Inc. is one of America’s leading personal finance companies offering responsible and transparent personal loan products, primarily to nonprime consumers. For over 100 years, the company has been providing personalized, best-in-class service at more than 1,800 branches in 43 states. The company’s iLoan® internet lending division also provides customers the opportunity to complete the loan process entirely online. The company has more than 11,000 team members who proudly support the communities in which they live and work. For additional information, please visit

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