The Solution

Food Service Training Academy

Our Food Service Training Academy (FSTA) exemplifies our commitment to addressing the root cause of hunger – poverty – by providing graduates with marketable job skills that can lead to a living wage. It is one of two job training programs at CFBNJ.

This 14-week intensive culinary and life skills program provides students with the foundation for  a better life and teaches them about communication, nutrition and healthy cooking. We started the FSTA in 2000 and have  graduated more than 2,500 students with an average job-placement rate exceeding 90 percent.

About Our Culinary Job Training Program

Students train in a state-of-the-art, fully-equipped  commercial kitchen, where they prepare healthy meals for thousands of food insecure children at our Kids Cafes and Summer Nutrition sites. They support FoodBank events and are placed in internships to gain hands-on experience.

FSTA graduates also earn their ServSafe® Certification by participating in the program.

Grants and scholarships are available to those who qualify.

This program is possible due to support from ADP Foundation, Anthem, Cargill, Prudential Foundation, and ShopRite LPGA Classic.

Apply for FSTA

Fill out the form below to receive a full application to the Food Service Training Academy. The next 14-week course begins on January 3, 2022.

Contacts


Dr. Elaine Sanders, Director of Workforce Development

Yvonne Cammorto, Culinary Operations Assistant

“It is, for all of us, a life-changing program.” -Marie
“This program offered me the skills that I needed to be able to provide for my family for the rest of my life.” -Ivonne
“I'm learning something different every day here, and the chefs really teach us how to do things the right way.” -Jackie