Marllorie’s Story of Hope

The words “Marllorie” and “cook” had never been used in the same sentence, until 14 weeks ago.

A victim of child abuse, Marllorie never finished high school and moved to Orlando seeking a better life. She went back to school to learn English and earn her GED, but had to work several low-wage jobs to support her two kids. She was ready to make a change.

Even though she had never boiled an egg, Marllorie enrolled in Second Harvest Food Bank’s Culinary Training Program, which provides economically disadvantaged adults with the culinary and life skills needed to pursue a sustainable career in the food industry.

Throughout the program, Marllorie’s daughter encouraged her to never give up. On the weekends they practiced cooking together, marinating meat, roasting a whole chicken and making homemade caramel.

Today, Marllorie is thankful for the new confidence she has found and the life she has built as a prep cook at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. Thanks to your support, families like Mallorie’s are able to make a better life for themselves.

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