After what felt like a year and a half of nothing, Nate knew he needed to do something.
He had dreams of going to culinary school but knew he’d have to work for years at a fast-food restaurant to afford even one class. That’s when he learned about Second Harvest Food Bank’s no-cost Culinary Training Program.
The moment I heard about the program it felt like hope,” recalls Nate.
The Second Harvest kitchen was nothing like his grandmother’s, where he loved helping prepare traditional Honduran meals. He started coming in early every day and staying late, taking every opportunity to practice his knife skills and use the professional equipment. He had a hunger for learning.
“My grandma gave me a passion for cooking, but now I understand the craft behind it,” says Nate.
Nate’s dedication paid off. At graduation he earned the honor of Top Student in his class. Today he is working at an assisted living community and preparing hot meals for residents daily.
The Culinary Training Program is transforming lives thanks to your support.
425 students have graduated to date.