Community Kitchen Academy (CKA) is a job training program that prepares underemployed and unemployed Vermonters for careers in the food service industry.
Students develop and apply new skills by rescuing food that would otherwise be wasted from grocery stores, restaurants, farms and food service companies. They work with instructors to transform this food and create meals that are then distributed through food shelves and meal sites.
Additionally, CKA graduates can receive nine college-level academic transfer credits from the Vermont State College of External Programs.
Community Kitchen Academy is a statewide program of the Vermont Foodbank that has been in operation since 2009 in partnership with the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf in Burlington, VT and since 2013 with Capstone Community Action in Barre, VT.
CKA has graduated 224 students, producing and distributing 408,000 meal servings since 2009. Ninety-one percent of graduates have been successful in finding employment in the culinary industry.