Wells FargoThe Vermont Foodbank’s Community Kitchen Academy (CKA) Program recently received a $10,000 grant from Wells Fargo!

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, resumé writing, interviewing skills, conflict management and budgeting.

“We are grateful to have the support of Wells Fargo for Community Kitchen Academy,” said John Sayles, Vermont Foodbank CEO. “CKA is transforming lives and these funds will be put to work improving the program and building on our successes.”

Community Kitchen Academy boasts a 91% success rate, which is defined as students graduating and finding employment or going on to further educational opportunities.

Learn more about CKA.



Vermont Foodbank is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, providing nutritious food through a network of more than 300 community partners – food shelves, meal sites, schools, hospitals, and housing sites. Food insecurity has increased dramatically as a result of the pandemic, economic disruptions, and recent flooding. The Vermont Foodbank and its network have been on the front lines, working to ensure that everyone has the food they need to maintain their health. Last year, the Vermont Foodbank provided over 12 million pounds of food to people throughout Vermont. The Vermont Foodbank, a member of Feeding America, is nationally recognized as one of the most effective and efficient nonprofits and food banks in the nation.