Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Culinary Training Program gives people best chance at new jobs


A student hones her knife skills as part of Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Culinary Training Program. (Photo by Jacqueline Kenny, Treasure Coast Food Bank)

With the coronavirus pandemic causing unemployment on the Treasure Coast to climb to more than 10 percent, it’s more important than ever that people have every chance for sustainable employment.

That’s the goal of Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Culinary Training program, which will introduce participants to careers in food service and hospitality – some of the most in-demand job opportunities on the Treasure Coast. Enrollment is open now for the fall course, which begins Oct. 12, 2020.

“Our goal is for 100 percent of the students to graduate with the knowledge and credentials they need for promising careers in a rapidly growing culinary field,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “This is just one part of our Workforce Development program that supports the long-term goal of ending hunger in our community.”

The comprehensive course covers a range of topics. In addition to learning principles of cooking and how to prepare stocks, soups and sauces, students learn how to work the front and back of the house, and meet customer needs. There’s also a hands-on learning component where students work in a real-world kitchen setting and learn how to plan, design, and execute a menu.

In addition, the course includes essential employment skills such as writing a resume, mock interviews, teamwork, and time management.

The 12-week course takes place at Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Food Production Kitchen in Fort Pierce. Classes are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Students must be 18 years or older and authorized to work in the United States. They must have experienced financial hardship during the previous 12 months.  A limited number of scholarships are available.

For full requirements and to apply for admission, visit



Treasure Coast Food Bank is the only food bank and largest hunger relief organization on Florida’s Treasure Coast, providing the community each year with millions of meals valued at more than $50 million through robust programs and in partnership with 400 charitable organizations in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee counties. In addition to emergency food distribution, Treasure Coast Food Bank operates a full roster of direct service programs that not only solve the immediate problem of hunger, but help individuals and families gain long-term food security, better health outcomes, and self-sufficiency. Treasure Coast Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. For more information on Treasure Coast Food Bank, call 772.489.3034, log on to, visit our Facebook page at, or follow us on Twitter at

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