Community Kitchen

Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, we are NOT currently enrolling students in Community Kitchen. Please check back occasionally for updates. 

Community Kitchen Job Training

Celebrating 20+ years of changing lives!

Community KitchenCommunity 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.

Community Kitchen Stories

NEW! Read about Community Kitchen in Providence Monthly magazine

Learning by Cooking” explains how the 14-week culinary job training program impacts the lives of its participants.

Maurice found a path to success through the Food Bank’s Community Kitchen culinary job training program.

RI Monthly highlighted our Community Kitchen culinary job training program and the successes & challenges of our students.

Learn about the Community Kitchen’s 20th Anniversary events including Savor with the Jacques Pépin Foundation.

Community Kitchen helped Tahlia Badessa train for the culinary jobs she saw for herself in a brighter future.

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.

Read The Boston Globe article about the program.