What is the FoodWorks Culinary Training Program?

Through a unique collaboration with the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), the FoodWorks Program offers a fresh start to low-income individuals with 12 weeks of intense culinary training. FoodWorks students learn basic cooking skills while converting fresh produce and other perishable foods into healthy meals for distribution to those in need.

How does the program work?

Located at Maryland Food Bank headquarters, the program training takes place in classrooms and in the Charles T. Bauer Community Kitchen, a state-of-the-art culinary facility opened in 2010. Over the course of 12 weeks, Maryland Food Bank Executive Chef Manny Robinson guides a select group of students through a curriculum that includes fundamental culinary techniques, nutrition, menu planning and job-seeking skills.

Application deadline: October 15, 2018
Classes begin: October 17, 2018

Information sessions are being held at 1:30pm at the Maryland Food Bank on the following dates:

August 22
September 19
September 26
October 10

To attend one of our information sessions, please email or call (410) 737-8282 ext. 231 to reserve a spot.

Spots available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

What do FoodWorks students get?

  • 12 weeks professional training – Students learn basic cooking techniques, discipline in the workplace, and professionalism.
  • ServSafe® certification – This certificate confirms to prospective employers that the graduates are experts in food safety.
  • Job placement – The food bank works to find full-time employment for FoodWorks graduates.

With guidance and support from program staff, FoodWorks graduates have been hired at some of the region’s leading venues in the hotel and restaurant industry. The Maryland Food Bank has also proudly hired some of its very own FoodWorks graduates to act as mentors for the FoodWorks program and help produce meals in the kitchen! FoodWorks graduates earn an average of $13 per hour—well above the current minimum wage.

Giving back to the community

While most of the students in the program participate to develop a career, every minute of their training in the kitchen goes towards preparing meals for hungry Marylanders. By the end of a training session, a FoodWorks class will have cooked approximately 50,000 meals on average. These meals are then distributed through our online menu to network partners.

For more information on this program, check out our fact sheet (PDF)!

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