This past week, we graduated Class 7 of our Culinary Training Program. The Darden Community Kitchen continues to provide life-changing opportunities to people who may need that second chance in life. In fact, we have placed 100% of our graduates into jobs at graduation.
This past graduation was lucky enough to have three great guest speakers. Congressman Daniel Webster joined us as a special guest and shared that reading every day can make a huge difference in both knowledge and outlook on life, while, Pam Nabors, CEO of Career Source delivered the commencement message and emphasized the almost unlimited opportunities that await our graduates in Central Florida’s booming food service industry.
One of the most touching speeches came from former graduate Maria Andersen, who shared her personal testimony, and described how her experience in our Culinary Training Program led to great job opportunities, and inspired her to continue her education even further by enrolling into college for an advanced level of training.
With your help, Second Harvest is continuing to “feed the line” of people who need the daily nourishment for the strength to get through the day, and “shorten the line” through this culinary program. Once graduates are out on their own and earning a living they can provide the “food for tomorrow” for their families though their new found career.
If you have not had the chance to see our culinary program in action, please do not hesitate to contact us. It would be our pleasure to provide a tour and an up-front-and-close look at our operation.
Whether you volunteer at the food bank, donate food, or are a financial donor, we thank you! If Second Harvest Food Bank is new to you, we have a variety of ways for you to join the fight against hunger in Central Florida, so please contact us.
Thank you, here’s to Class #8!