Moving Lives Forward: NH Food Bank’s Culinary Training Program
Students learn knife skills, ServSafe training, basic nutrition, culinary math, weights & measures, and gain insight through hands on practice. Participants are taught cooking techniques that can be used to prepare multiple dishes, searing, frying, blanching, braising, grilling, roasting, & sautéing. The CTP stresses attention to detail, take pride in one’s work, and work with a sense of urgency. These are life skills that will stick with graduates in or out of the culinary field.
“The program was a big time commitment. It let me focus on something other than me. It gave me a creative outlet in a real life setting.”
Gregg performed so well in the program that he was elevated to managing others, assessing their skills and knowing whom to assign to which task. He graduated from the program in May 2015, and returns to the kitchen to volunteer and run events like the Catholic Charities NH Christmas party.
The Culinary Training Program builds self-sufficiency and strengthens communities through its work. In 2015 alone, 52 graduates created 129,830 meals that benefited the hungry through the following agencies: Bring It, Concord Boys & Girls Club, Hampshire House, Manchester Boys & Girls Club, Salem Boys & Girls Club, Welcome Table, and 1269 Cafe.