The Sodexo Foundation has made the donation to Training for Life, the charity behind the Hoxton Apprentice, which will support four six-week training programmes.
The programmes will teach single parents, young people ands long-term unemployed people about the benefits and basics of nutrition and healthy eating, through a series of practical cookery workshops.
David Mulcahy, craft and food development director at Sodexo, said: "Cooking skills and healthy eating are central to so much of our work at Sodexo, it is always very satisfying when we can contribute to local communities sharing our craft expertise.
"In addition to gaining additional life skills, such programmes do encourage those from disadvantaged backgrounds to consider the hospitality and catering industry as a viable option for the future."
By Chris Druce
E-mail your comments to Chris Druce here.
Looking for a new job? Find your next job here with Caterersearch.com jobs