Community Kitchen Academy

Turn your love of cooking and collaborating into a career with this intensive training program while creating nutritious meals from rescued food for Capstone's food shelf.

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.    

COVID UPDATE: In response to COVID-19, CKA will be restructuring to ensure the safety of students, instructors and the communities we serve. CKA will be offered as an intensive 7-week, full-time job training program, enrolling a maximum of 5 students per session. We are committed to making CKA accessible and available to anyone that would benefit from the program. Our plan ensures that the quality of the program is maintained, while enhancing program components related to food safety, transferable life skills and professional development, and community based learning.

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

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Chef Joey Buttendorf

October 1, 2020:  In response to COVID-19, CKA will  be restructuring to ensure the safety of students, instructors and the communities we serve. CKA will be offered as an intensive 7-week, full-time job training program, enrolling a maximum of 5 students per session. We are committed to making CKA accessible and available to anyone that would benefit from the program. Our plan ensures that the quality of the program is maintained, while enhancing program components related to food safety, transferable life skills and professional development, and community based learning.  Free Tuition is available to income-eligible students. 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and the U.S., Department of Agriculture (USDA), civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of commuication for program information (e,.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Lanugauge, etc.) should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027) found online at https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/usda-program-discrimi... and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form.  To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.  Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: 

1. Mail: U.S. Dept of Agriculture, Office of the Asst Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410

2. Fax:  (202) 690-7442; or

3. Email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The application for enrollment can be found here: 

Check out the Community Kitchen Academy’s website at https://www.vtfoodbank.org/nurture-people/community-kitchen-academy 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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