Sign up for our free 12-week food service training program – designed for adults with disabilities!


In partnership with the Delaware Restaurant Association, the Food Bank of Delaware’s new Kitchen School program offers specialized training to provide employment opportunities in the food and hospitality industries for adults with disabilities.

Monday-Thursday – 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Friday – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Class schedule

Class time: October 24 – December 2
Workplace transition support period: December 5 – January 20, 2023

Class time: February 6, 2023 – March 17, 2023
Workplace transition support period: March 20, 2023 – April 28, 2023

Class time: February 6, 2023 – March 17, 2023
Workplace transition support period: March 20, 2023 – April 28, 2023


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.

The 12-week curriculum has been developed to include group instruction and individualized training in our two Culinary School professional kitchens – one in Newark and one in Milford.

Students will spend 6 weeks at the Food Bank kitchen in Newark or Milford; after that, an additional six weeks will be spent transitioning to permanent employment through on-site job coaching.

The Food Bank’s professional chef instructors and job coaches will:

  • Train students to enter food-service workplaces
  • Teach students kitchen safety
  • Provide hands-on cooking skills training
  • Teach sanitation procedures
  • Provide students an opportunity to earn a ServSafe® Food Handler Certification.

Staff will also provide instruction in soft skills and employer expectations using national industry-based guidelines and curriculum. Students will receive support and develop an individualized plan needed to enter a workplace, including transportation options.

Kitchen School staff will assist students in finding partner employers whose needs match student strengths and help the transition into a permanent workplace. Additionally, Kitchen School staff will provide support to students and employers for at least one year after graduation.




For more information:

Tinishia Sanders
Specialized Training Program Manager
(302) 292-1305 ext 138


The Food Bank of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary Aids and services are available upon request for individuals with Disabilities.