Food Bank of Delaware celebrates new three new L.O.G.I.C. graduates

June 2, 2022

The accomplishments of three students who successfully completed the 11-week L.O.G.I.C. (Logistics, Operations, General Warehousing and Inventory Control) training program were celebrated this morning at an intimate graduation ceremony.

“You can’t get mad at the results you don’t get when you don’t put in the work,” said President and CEO Cathy Kanefsky in remarks to the graduates. “I think that is such a strong theme for us today… this class started with more students, but you three were the ones who persevered despite challenges.”

The students started class in mid-March and were the first to have the opportunity to earn two new credentials, in addition to forklift and OSHA-10 certification. Program participants worked towards earning the nationally-accredited Manufacturing Skill Standards Council’s Certified Logistics Associate and Certified Logistics Technician credentials.

Graduate Charles Smith was the first to earn the Certified Logistics Associate credential.

“This class really taught me a lot about leadership,” he told the audience. “This class taught me about how to accept it [leadership] and how to embrace it. I thank my mother for instilling in me that you get out what you put in. I put in a lot of hard work and dedication into this class, and I felt like I received a lot out of it.”

Thanks to the training program, Charles is starting a new career with Sobieski.

Under the instruction of Operations Instructor Joe Cunha, the class learned how to safely maneuver and operate warehouse equipment like fork lifts, pallet jacks, end riders and more. The students’ training was well-rounded with the addition of life skills like communication, resume writing, interviewing, nutrition and more.

Andy Larmore, Board Chair for the Food Bank of Delaware and Vice President/Owner of Bayshore Moving and Storage, provided keynote remarks.  Larmore advised the graduates “to be dedicated, be true and be honest.”

“If you need something, speak up,” he said. “Build that relationship with your manager.”

Thanks to the support of the Food Bank of Delaware team, the students all received a two-week paid work experience and job placement services as part of their training program. The other graduates, Joseph Perez Cabreja and Andre Smith, were both grateful for the experience.

“Thank you for always motivating us to be better,” said Perez Cabreja.

Smith added, “Thank you giving me this opportunity.”

The training program would not be possible without the support of generous sponsors.

Thank you to:

  • Barclays
  • Capital One
  • Comenity
  • Delaware Department of Labor
  • Discover
  • Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • DuPont
  • Highmark Delaware
  • TD Bank
  • Wells Fargo

The next 11-week L.O.G.I.C. training program at the Food Bank of Delaware in Newark begins on Monday, June 13, and applications for the free program are currently being accepted. Click here to learn more.

Congratulations, graduates!






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