Invest in the Future

Securing the Future of Our Industry

Choose to be a key player in the future of this industry. You can inspire young people, offer avenues for advancement and tell the world about the endless opportunities available in the restaurant industry.

One part education, one part inspiration – the Foundation supports programs and initiatives to promote career opportunities and enhance the industry’s service to the public.


Programs  you can support:

ProStart is a career and technical education program that unites the foodservice industry and the classroom to teach high school students culinary skills and restaurant management principles, as well as employability skills such as communication, teamwork, professionalism and time management.

The WLRAEF awards more than half a million dollars in scholarships to high school graduates, undergraduate students and educators to support educational pursuits in the restaurant and foodservice industry.

Professional Development:
Professional development opportunities are available to ProStart educators through annual Summer Institutes and the NRAEF’s Certified Secondary Foodservice Educator Certification. These programs provide technical and professional instruction for educators who focus on restaurant- and foodservice- sector instruction.

Community Engagement:
Through awards and recognitions, the Foundation encourages and celebrates restaurant businesses and individuals who advance their communities through service. The awards also recognize companies within the industry that provide opportunity for employees to achieve the American dream.

Workforce Research:
The NRAEF regularly conducts workforce research to gain insight into the restaurant and foodservice workforce. For example, our “Who Works in the U.S. Restaurant Industry,” released in 2014, is the most extensive research of the restaurant-sector workforce in decades. New research that identifies skilled learned in first jobs in the restaurant sector as well as comprehensive career pathways research is forthcoming.

Military Programming:
Through military-focused programming, the Foundation provides training, support and recognition to military hospitality personnel and programs from all branches of the U.S. military and promotes restaurant and hospitality career options for veterans and their families.

Workforce Development:
The WLRAEF supports workforce development tools and initiatives to prepare people for careers in the restaurant and foodservice industry, the nation’s second-largest private sector employer. In 2015, the NRAEF national office launched the first dedicated competency model for the industry – the Food and Beverage Service Competency Model –that charts the knowledge, skills and abilities to achieve career success in the industry. The Foundation also is developing programming and partnerships to serve the Opportunity Youth audience.


Make a Donation

We need your help to tell the story of opportunity in the restaurant industry. Whether you make a donation, volunteer with ProStart, or mentor aspiring young restaurateurs, you’re helping us build the future of the industry.

Your donations help the WLRAEF:

  • Reach nearly 1,000 high school students throughout Wyoming through ProStart
  • Award more than half a million dollars in foodservice-related scholarships every year to Wyoming students
  • Host a number of events to showcase the wealth of career opportunities available in the industry
  • Conduct research to gain insight into the industry
  • Support workforce development tools and initiatives.


Your generous, tax-deductible contribution directly supports students and educators, while helping to ensure the continued growth of our industry.  Please contact us at our office to discuss your desired donation.  We can be reached by mail at WLRAEF, PO Box 1003, Cheyenne, WY, 82003 or by email at or by phone at 307-634-8816 ext 202.