Community Kitchen Academy

Turn your love of cooking into a career with this intensive training program where you can earn college credits and gain the skills you need for a culinary career.

Overview-CKA

The Community Kitchen Academy (CKA), a partnership between the Vermont Foodbank and Capstone Community Action, helps under- and unemployed Vermonters for a career in the food service industry through an intensive culinary skills development, career readiness and job placement training.

When they graduate, students are ready for a job in the food service industry.  They have developed valuable life and professional skills including goal establishment, résumé writing, interviewing skills, conflict management, and budgeting.   

In addition to the training, CKA performs another important function: rescuing produce, meat and other foods that would otherwise be wasted from grocery stores, restaurants, local farms, and food service companies, and transforming it into nutritious, easy to prepare meals that are vacuum sealed, frozen and distributed through food shelves and meal sites.    

Check out the Community Kitchen Academy’s website at www.vtfoodbank.org for more information!

Recent Blog Post

Everyone deserves the opportunity to realize their potential.This belief is at the core of Capstone’s mission. Never was its significance more relevant than when listening to Crystal Maderia, owner and head chef of Kismet, give the commencement address at Capstone’s Community Kitchen Academy graduation last month.

When a Vermont Foodbank distribution truck pulls up to Capstone Community Action’s loading dock delivering food to Capstone’s food shelf in Barre there’s a Christmas-like feeling amongst Chef Dave and his students in Community Kitchen Academy (CKA).

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