Vermont Food Bank -Community Kitchen Academy

Vermont Food Bank

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Community Kitchen Academy (CKA) prepares underemployed and unemployed Vermonters for careers in the food service industry. Students actively develop and apply new skills by creating wholesome meals for those at risk of hunger. Upon graduation, students are well positioned to obtain a job in the food service industry and are ServSafe certified, a recognized food service industry standard. They develop valuable life and professional skills through the program including goal establishment, résumé writing, interviewing skills, conflict management and budgeting. Additionally, CKA graduates can receive nine college-level academic transfer credits from the Vermont State College of External Programs. CKA performs another important function: rescuing produce, meat and other foods that would otherwise be wasted from grocery stores, restaurants, farms and food service companies. Students work with instructors to transform this food and create meals that are then vacuum sealed, frozen and distributed through food shelves and meal sites.Community Kitchen Academy has been in operation since 2009, first in partnership with the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf in Burlington, VT and now also with Capstone Community Action (formerly CVCAC) in Barre, VT. CKA has graduated 135 students, producing and distributing 224,587 meal serving since 2009. Over 80% of graduates have been successful in finding employment in the culinary industry. The Vermont Foodbank is looking to engage current and new partners to expand the program to Rutland and Brattleboro within the next three years.


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