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.

It’s a good time to look back and document the impacts of the program:

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CKA prepares underemployed and unemployed Vermonters for a career in the food service industry. In addition to the training, CKA performs another important function: rescuing foods that would otherwise be wasted from grocery stores, restaurants, local farms and food service companies. Students work with instructors to transform this “rescued” food to create meals that are then vacuum sealed, frozen and distributed through food shelves and meal sites.

CKA graduates can receive nine college-level academic transfer credits from the Vermont State College Office of External Programs.

Are you, or someone you know, interested in applying to CKA? Or are you an employer with staffing needs?

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.

Programs like this would not be possible with the generous support of donors. Please consider giving to the Vermont Foodbank today.