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Food Bank Celebrates Community Kitchen Graduation

After 14-weeks of classroom curriculum, and hundreds of hours learning to cook in a professional kitchen, another class of ten Community Kitchen students have graduated!  Through Community Kitchen, unemployed and low-income adults are prepared for employment in the food service industry.

At the graduation ceremony on Friday, March 25th, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras addressed the class. "I am so proud of your hard work and my opportunity to be a part of this ceremony. What you have learned through Community Kitchen will not only have a positive impact in your family's life, but also in the economic growth of our state. You have the opportunity to take what you learned here and succeed in a new career. Congratulations."

As part of their hands-on cooking lessons, students prepared more than 22,000 nutritious meals for children at-risk of hunger through our Kids Cafe program, a Food Bank after-school and summer feeding program.   In addition to their meal production, classroom learning and life skills workshops, Community Kitchen graduates gained valuable work experience though internships at school catering services, hospital cafeterias and some of the best restaurants in the state.

Congratulations to the Graduates of Class 42!

        Lorenzo Davis          Manuela Ferschke
  Dawn Guindon              Lucas Hynes
Lisa Lambright                Jim Liguori
    Julio Martinez              Kristen Nelson
    Albert Petisce              Ryan Sherlock