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OC's Monkey Business Cafe offers jobs, other opportunities for foster care teens

Monkey Business Cafe, with franchise locations in Orange County, is providing teens in the foster care system with jobs and guidance for their future.


Arboretum Buzzes With Beehive Research

Most students who come to Cal State Fullerton do not expect their learning experience to include live, stinging insects.
Read Titan magazine's article


Lessons from the Lowly Sweet Potato

U-ACRE Researchers Unearth Knowledge and Cultivate Sustainability

Teresa Zamora surveys the pantry at Monkey Business Cafe and spies the new arrivals - fresh sweet potatoes, still caked with field mud. Flipping through the vast library of recipes in her mind, she settles on sweet potato pie and sweet potato muffins.
Read Titan magazine's article


Cal State Fullerton program digs into farm-to-table culture to help students, foster youth

University's farm, U-ACRE program, partner with Monkey Business Café
Read Orange County Register's article


A Farm and Restaurant Program that Helps Foster Kids Succeed

California State Fullerton 'grows people and food' to empower foster kids with life-long skills.
Read article on Civil Eats web site


Monkey Business Café Featured on PBS SoCal

Changing the storyline. stepping out of the foster care system into independent living carries special challenges no matter the individual or the circumstances. Facing the problem practically, creatively and artistically needed a little 'monkey business.'
Watch Video at PBS SoCal


A Café That's More Than Just Food

Edison International supports Monkey Business Café in Fullerton, a nonprofit restaurant whose mission is to help foster kids become self-sufficient young adults.

Cari Hart-Bunevith remembers Monkey Business Café's early years when the Fullerton restaurant's "kitchen" consisted of a microwave oven, a blender to make smoothies and two sandwich offerings - turkey or the Nutty Monkey, a combination of peanut butter, bananas and honey.
Read the Rest of the Article on Inside Edison


Cal State Fullerton students help foster kids grow produce and skills

The flitting of bees and butterflies from flower to flower isn't the only cross-pollination going on at the Fullerton Arboretum.

Cal State Fullerton students work at the campus arboretum alongside teens and young adults emancipating out of the foster care system to grow produce that is then incorporated into meals served at an off-campus cafe.

The program, called I-CAN, gives the young people marketable skills before they leave the foster system and provides the students a chance to see how their research has an effect in the community.
Read the Rest of the Article in the Orange County Register


Bennett: At Monkey Business, a cafe with a cause, the food is good, too

The world could use a little more compassion right now. Something as simple as a smile from a stranger or a selfless good deed will undoubtedly go a lot further in 2017, a new year already being dominated by divisive rhetoric and fear-based politics.

That's why when the Twitter banter gets too intense and the latest news dispatches threaten my sanity, I turn off my devices, grab a book, slap on a big ol' grin and head to Fullerton's Monkey Business, Orange County's only so-called cafe with a cause.
Read the Rest of the Article in the Los Angeles Times


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Gifts That Change the World

Hart Community Homes featured in an Orange County Register article about buying products from organizations that also help people in need.
View a copy of the article in the Orange County Register


15th Annual Golf Tournament - October 4, 2013

Thanks for all your support for the golf tournament it was a huge success. A special thanks to our event sponsors Class Auto and UPS.


Monkey Business at the Arboretum

Nonprofit is in its ninth month of collaboration working with California State's University, Fullerton Arboretum.
View a copy of the article in the Fullerton Observer


Monkey Business is serious stuff

Nonprofit helps foster children learn life skills.


Where the Boys Are

The yummy sandwiches and free coffee of Monkey Business Café


Monkey Business Earns Healthy Food Certificate

The Fullerton Collaborative and The Downtown Business Association has presented its first Healy Foods Certificate to Monkey Business Café.


Orange Coast Magazine

Monkey Business Café is mentioned in Orange Coast Magazine.