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Congratulations to our Culinary Training Program Graduates!

September 6, 2012

The most common reason that adults are forced to rely on food pantries to meet their nutritional needs is a lack of job training and the inability to find sustainable employment that pays a living wage. Today, we celebrated the graduation of nine students who completed the San Antonio Food Bank’s Culinary Training Program.

The free 16-week program offers individuals the opportunity to learn culinary skills that are needed to obtain a position in a commercial kitchen. Students are exposed to a variety of culinary techniques and are trained in food safety, as well as nutritional education.

This innovative program, not only provides training for the students, but in turn, they address the problems of hunger in our community by preparing meals for area shelters, children’s programs and more.

Today, graduate Derrick Boggs shared what he learned over the past 16 weeks and thanked the chefs who guided him and his fellow students for their work and dedication to the program. He also noted, “I came to the Food Bank to be a better cook, but it has made me a better person.” 

Congratulations to all the graduates and we wish them the best as they pursue new careers in the culinary field!

If you are interested in learning more about the San Antonio Food Bank’s Culinary Program, call 210-431-8400.

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