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Community Food Bank’s Free 10-Week Culinary Program is Accepting Applications


February 1, 2024
By Matt Sterner

Elevate your cooking!

Applications for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona’s upcoming class are open now through Friday, February 9.

The Community Food Bank’s culinary training program is 10 weeks long (from March 18 – May 24) and runs Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Caridad Community Kitchen, 3003 S. Country Club Rd.

“Caridad Community Kitchen offers an innovative, free 10-week culinary training program for anyone unemployed, low-income, or has other barriers to employment. The program prepares individuals to succeed in professional kitchens by teaching knife skills, cooking procedures, food safety, kitchen sanitation, food utilization, and quantity meal preparation.”

In addition to gaining slick skills and more confidence in the kitchen, graduates will receive national ServSafe Food Handler’s instruction, life skills, and job training. All of this is achieved when each of the students prepares healthy meals for our Community Meals program.  

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered:

  • 18 years or older
  • Eligible for employment in the U.S.
  • Able to read, write, and communicate in English at an eighth-grade level
  • Reliable housing during the entire program
  • Reliable means of transportation
  • Able to commit fully for 10 weeks
  • Able to work in a hot or cold environment, stand for more than six hours a day, and lift a minimum of 50 pounds

The students who thrive throughout our training program will also learn to cope with stressful situations — motivating them to learn, grow, and change for a better future.

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona is located at 3003 S. Country Club Rd. For more information, visit communityfoodbank.org, call (520) 499-1232, or email caridad@communityfoodbank.org.

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