July 12, 2017 - Issue: Vol. 163, No. 117 — Daily Edition115th Congress (2017 - 2018) - 1st Session
ADDITIONAL STATEMENTS; Congressional Record Vol. 163, No. 117
(Senate - July 12, 2017)
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[Page S3957] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] ADDITIONAL STATEMENTS ______ TRIBUTE TO SUZY DeYOUNG
Mr. PORTMAN. Mr. President, today I wish to recognize Suzy DeYoung from Cincinnati, recipient of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for Outstanding Public Service. The Jefferson Awards Foundation was founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Senator Robert Taft, Jr., and Sam Beard to power others to have maximum impact on the things they care about most. Suzy cares about helping her community and has a passion for good food. She was born to be a chef. Her father, Pierre Adrian, was head chef at the five-star Maisonette restaurant in Cincinnati and her grandparents were chefs in New York. She and her sister co-ran La Petite Pierre restaurant until Suzy split off to focus on La Soupe. Now, Suzy is more than a chef. She is a business owner, transportation manager, teacher, and a fundraiser. In response to growing childhood poverty rates and the fact that one- third of all food produced worldwide is either lost or wasted each year, Suzy DeYoung started La Soupe to close the gap between food waste and hunger. La Soupe rescues otherwise wasted produce to create delicious and highly nutritious meals for customers, nonprofits, and food-insecure families. In 2016 alone, La Soupe rescued 125,000 pounds of food from going to the landfill and donated over 95,000 servings to people living in food insecurity. La Soupe partners with Kroger, Jungle Jims, Crosset Company, Sugar Creek, and various local organic farms who provide ingredients allowing La Soupe's team of volunteer chefs to share their culinary magic turning rescued produce into soup or sometimes stew or gumbo or a casserole to feed to people who are hungry. Suzy also spends time helping parents learn how to feed their kids and teaches weekly cooking classes at area schools, sending kids home with ingredients and recipes to cook for their families. In addition, she operates a retail ``Soupe Shack,'' where sales of the meals made from rich ingredients fuel donations to Cincinnati's food-deprived individuals. An energetic social entrepreneur, Suzy has inspired chefs to create and give. She has inspired parents to provide healthier options to their families, and she has also inspired kids to pursue culinary careers. I would like to congratulate Suzy DeYoung and thank her and all of the volunteers at LaSoupe for their dedication to closing the hunger gap for so many in greater Cincinnati. ____________________