Maryland Food Bank FoodWorks Program
FoodWorks is the Maryland Food Bank’s 12-week culinary training program. Launched in August 2010 from the then just-opened Bauer Community Kitchen, FoodWorks provides hands-on job and life skills training to low-income individuals interested in pursuing careers in food service. Students learn from professional chefs while transforming donated perishable foods like sweet potatoes, green beans and meats into healthy kids meals and nutritious frozen meals for other hungry Marylanders. Last year, Foodworks students produced 260,000 meals, saving 363,000 pounds of nutrient-rich perishable food that might otherwise have gone to waste.
FoodWorks, is the Maryland Food Bank's 12-week culinary skills training program that provides “hands-on” culinary training. Skilled professionals help prepare students for job readiness. Approximately 20 students are enrolled in each class. Classes are held from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
At graduation, students receive a professional package that consists of a complete culinary uniform, professional cooking textbook, and a ServSafe® certificate, along with a Certificate of Completion in the Culinary Arts.
Students who successfully complete the program will be prepared for a position in the food industry and learn the following:
Are you or someone you know interested in applying to FoodWorks and/or hiring a FoodWorks graduate? Contact Aida Blanco, Executive Chef, at 410.737.8282 x241.
(ServSafe® is a food sanitation management program accredited by the National Restaurant Association).