Profits from LifeCare Alliance Social Enterprise L.A. Catering Help to Subsidize 500 Clients
Founded in 2002, L.A. Catering is one of LifeCare Alliance’s two social enterprise divisions. LifeCare Alliance has been serving the local community through its nutrition and health programs—most notably the Meals on Wheels program—since 1898. All profits from L.A. Catering are reinvested in LifeCare Alliance to support older adults, medically challenged, and disabled individuals in Central Ohio. This means that boxed lunches, holiday parties, cookouts, birthday parties, reunions and weddings catered by the organization help the Central Ohio community.
The social enterprise’s catering services span a wide range of events, from weddings and corporate events, to fundraisers and holiday parties. LifeCare Alliance also has space at its headquarters for events ranging in size from 20 to 350 guests. LifeCare Alliance accepts all clients regardless of their ability to pay.
“Most of the clients who are referred to us have funding streams associated with them; however, there are others who do not,” says David J. Imwalle, director of catering and meal sales at L.A. Catering. “So that’s where L.A. Catering is most effective. Because of the additional revenue generated by L.A. Catering, we helped more than 500 clients throughout the year whose services, otherwise would go unfunded.”
L.A. Catering has continued to grow, and today is a preferred caterer at more than 25 venues, including The Ohio Statehouse, Columbus Museum of Art, CAPA Theatres, Ballet Met, and Columbus State Community College, to name just a few. L.A. Catering also partners with Central Ohio hotels including Drury Inn & Suites and Fairfield Inn & Suites.
“We are continuing to grow,” says Imwalle. “In 2019, we’ll be expanding our full-time employee team from eight to 10 individuals, in addition to adding several part-time team members.”
The L.A. Catering Event Center, where organizations can rent space for events, is located at 670 Harmon Ave., Columbus, OH 43223. To learn more about L.A. Catering and to view the social enterprise’s latest menu, visit www.la-catering.com, or call 614-358-LALA (5252) to discuss your 2019 events.