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Culinary Training Program

The Virginia Peninsula Foodbank’s Culinary Training Program offers a 12-week free training program for eligible adults to develop skills that can lead to jobs and self-reliance. Training takes place in a full commercial kitchen under the leadership of an experienced professional chef. Students prepare approximately 5,000 hot meals each week for the Kids Cafe Program as part of their hands-on training that takes place in the kitchen. Additionally, students receive their ServSafe Manager Certification and job readiness training by community professionals. This training includes sanitary practices, resume development and interviewing skills, time management, leadership, teamwork, decision-making skills, goal setting, conflict resolution, and job maintenance and promotion skills. Graduates have over a 90% employment rate at local businesses. The Culinary Training Program provides an added bonus for the community.  As a result of this daily training program, the food prepared by the trainees will expand the Kids Cafe Program and significantly increase the number of hot meals available for children at risk of hunger. The Kids Cafe Program currently serves 27 sites at schools, Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCAs, community centers and faith based organizations. Kids Cafes provide approximately 240,000 free meals/snacks over 30 weeks each year – but we still have more children in need. For more information about our Culinary Training Program, please contact our Nutrition Programs Director at 757-596-7188 ex.103.

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