The Carole Landis Foundation, an organization devoted to action for social change, is co-sponsoring a trainee in the Philabundance Community Kitchen program this fall.
The Philabundance Community Kitchen (PCK) is a 14-week culinary vocational training program which has been transforming the lives of low-income women and men since 2000.
Students who are accepted into the 500-hour program will earn their ServSafe certificate; have an internship opportunity in the culinary industry; prepare meals for those in need; and receive retention services by PCK staff for two years after graduation to ensure that students maximize their training and maintain positive work ethics post-graduation.
While PCK promotes the self-sufficiency of its students by preparing them to work in commercial kitchens, another focus of the curriculum is on life skills, which helps students not just secure a job but a second chance at life.
"Teaching people who are food insecure how to nourish others in need while learning skills that make them self-sufficient and self-reliant helps them and their community," says Carole Landis. "It’s a sustainable approach. Like the famous proverb: We’re teaching them how to fish - how to rely on themselves and serve their own communities - instead of just feeding them a fish for one meal."
Now in its 19th year, PKC is currently raising funds for a brand new training facility.
Philabundance is the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, acquiring, rescuing and distributing food to 90,000 people weekly in 9 counties in PA and NJ.
To learn more, visit www.philabundance.org.
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