Shortening the line

thankyoustudentsFor the past thirty years, Second Harvest Food Bank has worked passionately to ‘feed the line’ of so many people struggling to afford enough food in our community. Providing more nutritious food for people in need will always remain at the core of our mission.

Thanks to the generosity of people like you, however, Second Harvest has more opportunities than ever before to impact hunger and the overall health of our neighbors at a root-level. In addition to feeding the line, we now have a way to help shorten the line.

Recently, we graduated the first class of students from our new Culinary Training Program. This transformational program provides adults who need a second chance in life the opportunity to learn high-level culinary job skills in our new Darden Foundation Community Kitchen.

At the same time, each student learns critically important life skills as part of a comprehensive 12-week curriculum. Each student learns to function well in a fast-paced commercial kitchen environment, and is prepared for a career working in resorts, restaurants, bakeries, or other food businesses. Outplacement assistance is also provided for the students, and several of our graduates have already found work with local companies who are looking for highly trained and motivated employees.

Our graduates are the first of many more classes to come. Up to 75 students per year will have a chance to achieve economic self-sufficiency through the program. Just imagine the families and future generations that will be affected in a positive way from this experience. And they owe it all to you…our caring supporters. On their behalf, I thank you!

Dave Krepcho
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

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