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The Food Bank of Delaware will open The Kitchen School program this October – a new program offering specialized training designed to provide employment opportunities for adults with disabilities to find employment in the food service and hospitality industry.

Monday-Friday – 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Class schedule

Class time: October 3 – November 11
Workplace transition support period: November 14 – December 23

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.





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