Community Kitchen

Community Kitchen Job Training

Celebrating 20 years of changing lives!

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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.

Cook like Community Kitchen in your own home! Try these holiday recipes of Fig, Date and Walnut Quick Bread and Butternut Squash and Quinoa Alfredo Recipe.

Apply to Community Kitchen 

Are you ready to apply? Click here to start the process.

Community Kitchen is a DHS approved job training vendor for eligible individuals referred through the RI Works Program.

Community Kitchen Stories

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.

The Capital Grille partners with Community Kitchen, hiring grads like Joseph Fortes who are looking for a new career.

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.

You Can Help! 

Donate to the Food Bank and support the Community Kitchen program.

Host a Community Kitchen student intern at your restaurant or business.

Hire a Community Kitchen Graduate for your restaurant or business.

More Information 

Visit Community Kitchen’s Facebook page to find out the latest news!

Read The Boston Globe article about the program.

Click here to learn about a visit from Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft.