The Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida celebrated the graduation of 16 students from its culinary training program this week.
On Saturday, January 21, the food bank, which is located at 411 Mercy Drive in Orlando, hosted an in-person graduation ceremony for its culinary training program. The keynote speaker for the event was Roberto Rivera Otero, Chef de Cuisine at Walt Disney World Culinary Concepts.
Sixteen students were recognized for completing the culinary program, which lasts a total of 16 weeks. Over 440 students have graduated from the program since it was founded in 2013.
The program is free to eligible students and teaches hands-on food preparation, kitchen training akin to professional culinary institutions, and skills for entry-level-food industry jobs.
Additionally, graduates receive occupational assistance and career matching.
To apply for the program, or to make a financial contribution to help others take part in the Culinary Training Program, visit the Feed Hope Now website.