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Culinary Training Academy Creates a Path to Employment and Financial Security

Culinary Training Academy Creates a Path to Employment and Financial Security

Treasure Coast Food Bank is taking applications for its upcoming session of classes at The Culinary Training Academy, which begins Sept. 30.

The program provides culinary and life skills training for people seeking a career in the culinary arts and hospitality industry. It’s taught at Treasure Coast Food Bank’s commercial kitchen under the guidance of its executive chef.

“Our mission of The Culinary Academy is to provide people the knowledge and skills that leads them to transform their lives through quality employment,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “For anyone who has experienced financial hardship, The Culinary Academy’s program is a path to long-term self-sufficiency.”

The 12-week program combines classroom time and hands-on instruction at Treasure Coast Food Bank’s commercial kitchen with job shadowing and work-readiness skills to prepare students for immediate employment.

 Tuition assistance is available for eligible students through CareerSource, a non-profit workforce development service working in partnership with Treasure Coast Food Bank. For more information about tuition assistance, contact Jay Lundy at 866-482-4473, ext. 425 or email

The curriculum will cover food safety and sanitation, knife skills, and the basics of running a food service operation, such as inventory, cost control, and staffing. During the program, students will gain hands-on experience by assisting with meal prep and catering services contracted with Treasure Coast Food Bank's Healthy Harvest Catering.

Upon graduation, students receive a culinary knife kit, an executive style culinary jacket, a state-approved Food Handler’s certification, and a Culinary Training Academy certificate of completion.

An important aspect of the program is the pre-employment skills that prepare each student for the job search, including resume writing, job interviewing, and workplace etiquette.

Classes are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. They run from Sept. 30 to Dec. 29. Applications are due Sept. 28, and class size is limited. Three additional courses are scheduled for 2020, beginning in January, May, and September. For more information or to apply, visit


Treasure Coast Food Bank is the only food bank and largest hunger relief organization on Florida’s Treasure Coast, providing the community each year with millions of meals valued at more than $50 million through robust programs and in partnership with 400 charitable organizations in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee counties. In addition to emergency food distribution, Treasure Coast Food Bank operates a full roster of direct service programs that not only solve the immediate problem of hunger, but help individuals and families gain long-term food security, better health outcomes, and self-sufficiency. Treasure Coast Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. For more information on Treasure Coast Food Bank, call 772.489.3034, log on to, visit our Facebook page at, or follow us on Twitter at








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