Kevin’s global entrepreneurship began in high school and has encompassed service projects around the world including several undeserved and developing regions of Western and Southern Africa and the Caribbean.
Winter 2006 (South Africa): Kevin volunteered in the kitchen in Capetown’s Haven Night Shelter, a non-profit respite for hundreds afflicted with homelessness and / or HIV.
Summer 2006 (Guadeloupe): Kevin’s job in Guadeloupe involved three local beautification projects including the rebuilding of several distressed commercial kitchens in the city of Basse Terre.
Summer 2007 (Senegal): Kevin spent time teaching English to Senegalese school children, while also assisting on a documentary culinary film. Through his work on the film, Kevin fell in love with the food-centric traditions of Senegal, as well as the people and their proud culture.
Summer 2008 (Malawi): Kevin produced and hosted a local live radio show in Malawi that emphasized the viability of permaculture, while also working aside local chefs and farmers to educate them about the importance of strategic farming and sustainable agricultural practices. Since the terrain in Malawi doesn’t allow for consistent crop yields, Kevin’s mission was to help villagers identify and implement sustainable practices designed to enable them to feed themselves and also sell their food.
2008 – 2016: In 2008, while in high school, Kevin co-founded a non-profit organization called The Student-Refugee Alliance, which has raised over $25,000 for various refugee relief causes. As a result of the organizations’ tremendous success, Kevin and his co-founder were invited speakers at World Refugee Day in Washington, DC in 2008. Since then, Kevin has grown the organization to an international membership of 300 students worldwide.
2016 – present: In 2016, Kevin was invited to join the leadership counsel of Miriam’s Kitchen, a DC-based organization dedicated to ending chronic homelessness. Kevin is actively involved in raising awareness and driving membership to the organization, especially new and young social entrepreneurs from within the DC food scene. KMD Consultants is also a corporate sponsor. In addition, Kevin also serves on the board at World Central Kitchen, chef Jose Andre’s non-profit that focuses on smart solutions to hunger and poverty all around the world.
Kevin has never forgotten the importance of giving back and now harnesses the philanthropy of the local food community to help feed and nourish communities near and far. In 2016, he launched Restaurants United, a non-profit consortium of top restaurants which collaboratively supports various philanthropic initiatives related to community development, hunger relief and education.
In addition to supporting food philanthropy through Restaurants United, Kevin and KMD Consultants also assist current clients to identify the social causes that are most dear to them, and either link them to existing non-profits or help them to form their own.