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Community Kitchen is a culinary job-training program for low-income or jobless adults. Chefs teach the full-time, 14-week course. Local restaurants and professional kitchens offer internships to students enrolled in the program.
Students gain cooking skills and learn about food service as well as work readiness skills to succeed on the job. They also create healthy meals for Kids Cafe which feeds children who might go hungry.
Since the program began in 1998, graduates have been employed by some of the state’s best restaurants as well as hospitals, colleges and schools.
Community Kitchen is a DHS approved job training vendor for eligible individuals referred through the RI Works Program.
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PrimeTime Magazine profiled Community Kitchen graduate Barry Albright who recently launched a second career as a chef thanks to the Food Bank’s culinary job training program.
How Jessica Salvas used Community Kitchen to break her cycle of poverty.
Recent graduate Jo-Ann Olin spoke to Class 62 about her experience in Community Kitchen. See what she had to say.
Nick DeCamp was burned out in his career as a teacher but Community Kitchen helped give him a fresh start. Read his story.
Hear what our former students had to say about their experience at a recent graduation.
Check out this spotlight on Shawn Simpson, one of our program graduates.
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