After a successful launch in 2021, Feeding South Florida® is pleased to announce the dates for its 2022 Culinary Training Program and Warehouse Training Program, and is accepting applications. Feeding South Florida, the leading domestic hunger-relief organization in South Florida, is dedicated to breaking the cycle of hunger and poverty not only by providing food, but also increasing self-sufficiency through job training and workforce development programs.
The Culinary Training Program, a 12-week curriculum, created by James Beard-nominated Chef Lindsay Autry, provides participants with hands-on experience while learning about meats, poultry, fish, sauces, menu planning, knife skills, and more. In partnership with Feeding South Florida’s hospitality partners, the program provides job placement upon graduation.
Starting Monday, February 7, 2022, the program will take place at Feeding South Florida’s state-of-the-art, 5,000-square-foot Community Kitchen, located at its Feeding Palm Beach County headquarters in Boynton Beach.
Chef Autry has held various chef positions at prominent restaurants on the East Coast and in Mexico and made headlines as a finalist on Bravo’s ninth season of “Top Chef.” From 2018–2020, she received James Beard Foundation nominations for “Best Chef: South.”
To be eligible for the program, applicants must be:
- Minimum 18 years of age
- Authorized to work in the U.S.
- Have a high school diploma or GED equivalent
- Prove reliability and interest in pursuing a culinary career
- Have experienced financial hardship (unemployment, underemployment, government assistance, etc.) during the last 12 months
- Agree to a background check and drug test
- Be able to attend classes Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
During Feeding South Florida’s 5-week Warehouse Training Program students will learn about food safety, material handling equipment, inventory, picking, receiving, shipping and inventory. Feeding South Florida is currently accepting applications for the cohort starting Monday, March, 7 2022.
Both workforce training programs also provide life skills and soft skills training that makes students more marketable. Participants will receive resume writing support, interviewing skills, financial literacy and computer skills.
“After a successful debut in 2021, we are excited to scale our workforce training programs,” said Sari Vatske, executive president of Feeding South Florida. “The hospitality and logistics industries continue to experience a high need for qualified and trained employees, so these programs provide a unique opportunity to deliver a meaningful experience for both the student and employer.”
To apply to be a participant in the Culinary Training Program, visit https://form.jotform.com/FeedingSouthFlorida/culinarytraining.
To apply to be part of the Warehouse Training Program , visit https://form.jotform.com/FeedingSouthFlorida/warehouse-training-program-applicat.
To find out how you can help, learn about what Feeding South Florida is doing, safety precautions, and much more, visit https://feedingsouthflorida.org/covid19/.
About Feeding South Florida®
Feeding South Florida is a member of the Feeding America network of food banks and the leading domestic hunger-relief organization serving Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties. Providing support for 25 percent of the state’s food insecure population, its mission is to end hunger in South Florida by providing immediate access to nutritious food, leading hunger and poverty advocacy efforts, and transforming lives through innovative programming and education. In addition to providing over 90 million pounds of food (75 million meals) to nearly one million individuals through direct-service programs and a local network of over 350 community partners, Feeding South Florida addresses the root causes of hunger and breaks the cycle of poverty through its workforce training, food is medicine and client services programming. Visit www.feedingsouthflorida.org or call 954.518.1818.