Caridad Community Kitchen's Culinary Training provides the education needed for low-income, unemployed, or underemployed individuals to succeed as culinary professionals. Our innovative 10-week program offers hands-on cooking and classroom training to prepare students for the culinary industry.
In addition to gaining skills and confidence in the kitchen, graduates receive national ServSafe Manager Certification and essential job and life skills training. Students gain and refine their new skills by preparing meals for Caridad's Community Meals program. Using donated food and fresh, local produce from the Santa Cruz River Farmers' Market, Caridad's chef and culinary students prepare more than 14,000 healthy meals every month.
Students take pride in knowing that they are not only improving their own lives, but improving the lives of others in their community by preparing up to 450 meals per day for people who might otherwise have nothing to eat.