On May 16th, five students became Community Kitchen Academy alumni and we sincerely commend and celebrate their hard work!

  • Shane Colford
  • Owen Davies
  • Margarita Gonzalez
  • Charles Knoll
  • Dave Moyer

CKA prepares Vermonters for a career in the food service industry and lifelong learning through an intensive program of culinary skills development, career readiness and job placement. Students actively develop and apply new skills by creating wholesome meals for those at risk of hunger using food that has been gathered from within our communities that may otherwise go to waste.

The program has been in operation since early 2009, in partnership with the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf in Burlington, VT.  There have been thirteen 13-week sessions, graduating 91 students and boasting an 87% success rate with job placement or further education. Over 116,342 portions have been produced for people in need during that time. In 2012, CKA received accreditation from the Vermont State College Office of External Programs and can now offer its graduates nine college-level academic transfer credits for completing the CKA program.

Here are photos from the day.  A video will be posted soon!

If you’d like to support the work of CKA, please consider giving to the Vermont Foodbank. We’re looking to expand this program to more Vermonters and your help is needed!