Kitchen School Spotlight: Kayla Strohmeyer

June 7, 2023

Meet Kayla Strohmeyer! Last week she was the friendly hostess for an on-site buffet prepared and served by students from our Kitchen School in Milford! This week is even more exciting: she started her four-week internship at Mulligan’s Pointe, a golf club near Georgetown!

And she says she’s ready! She’s very enthusiastic about The Kitchen School. “I love it,” Kayla said. “I made good friends, new friends. I don’t want to leave this place. It’s helped me be a better chef.”

The Kitchen School – offered at both our Newark and Milford sites – is a free 12-week food service training program designed for adults with disabilities. The Kitchen School represents a partnership between the Delaware Restaurant Association and the Food Bank in collaboration with teachers and counselors specializing in work with individuals with disabilities. Students spend  eight weeks at the Food Bank kitchen learning kitchen safety and sanitation and cooking skills; after that, an additional four weeks is spent transitioning to permanent employment through on-site job coaching.

Additionally, Kitchen School staff provides support for students and employers one year after graduation.

While a date has not been set for the start of the fall class in Milford, a class will start at our Newark site on Sept. 5!

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