Food Bank of Delaware accepting applications for free employment training

July 13, 2021

The Food Bank of Delaware announced today that applications are currently being accepted for the organization’s free workforce training program, Delaware Food Works. Classes are available in culinary arts and warehousing/logistics.

Culinary classes begin Monday, August 16 at the Food Bank’s Newark and Milford warehouses. Interested students should sign up by Friday, August 6. Logistics/warehouse training begins on Monday, September 20. Interested students should sign up by Friday, September 10.

The Culinary School meets in person for 14 weeks at the Food Bank’s Newark and Milford kitchens. Under the instruction of Chef Instructors Tim Hunter and Tish Badamshin, students will learn basic and high-end kitchen skills and participate in a two-week paid work experience. Participants also have the opportunity to earn ServSafe® certification.

L.O.G.I.C. (Logistics, Operations, General Warehousing and Inventory Control) meets in person at the Food Bank’s Newark warehouse. This 11-week program includes a two-week paid work experience. Under the guidance of Warehouse Instructor Joe Cunha, students will learn how to use warehouse equipment like forklifts, end riders, pallet jacks and more. All participants have the opportunity to receive forklift and OSHA-10 certification.

In addition to accelerated training programs needed to start new careers in just a few months, the Food Bank of Delaware also provides students with:

  • Job placement
  • Transportation (students are picked up or student drivers receive gas cards)
  • Uniforms and supplies
  • Paid work experience
  • Textbooks

“Our training programs are truly life changing,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Cathy Kanefsky. “Thanks to our incredible donors, we are able to provide this free training to Delawareans who are looking for a fresh start. The pandemic left so many of our neighbors under and unemployed, and this program is the bright spot that so many of us need right now.”

To apply online for the free training program, interested individuals may visit www.fbd.org/delawarefoodworks and select culinary or warehousing/logistics.

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