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Feeding South Florida" Announces Dates for Its Fall Culinary Training and Warehouse Training Program

Feeding South Florida® is pleased to announce the dates for its fall 2022 Culinary Training Program and Warehouse Training Program and is accepting applications. Feeding South Florida, the leading domestic hunger-relief organization in South Florida, is dedicated to breaking the cycle of hunger and poverty not only by providing food, but also increasing self-sufficiency through job training and workforce development programs.

The Culinary Training Program, a 12-week curriculum, created by James Beard-nominated Chef Lindsay Autry, provides participants with hands-on experience for both back-of-the-house and front-of-the-house culinary skills, while learning about meats, poultry, fish, sauces, menu planning, knife skills and more. In partnership with Feeding South Florida’s hospitality partners, the program provides job placement upon graduation.

Starting Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022, the program will take place at Feeding South Florida’s state-of-the-art, 5,000-square-foot Community Kitchen, located at its Feeding Palm Beach County facility in Boynton Beach.

Chef Autry has held various chef positions at prominent restaurants on the East Coast and in Mexico and made headlines as a finalist on Bravo’s ninth season of “Top Chef.” From 2018–2020, she received James Beard Foundation nominations for “Best Chef: South.”

To be eligible for the program, applicants must be:

  • Minimum 18 years of age

  • Authorized to work in the U.S.

  • Have a high school diploma or GED equivalent

  • Prove reliability and interest in pursuing a culinary career

  • Have experienced financial hardship (unemployment, underemployment, government assistance, etc.) during the last 12 months

  • Agree to a background check and drug test

  • Be able to attend classes Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

During Feeding South Florida’s 5-week Warehouse Training Program students will learn about food safety, material handling equipment, inventory, picking, receiving, shipping and inventory. The curriculum provides hands-on experience in Feeding South Florida’s 72,000-square-foot Pembroke Park warehouse where students will gain knowledge on how to operate machinery, earn fork-lift certification and receive training on food safety and OSHA standards. Feeding South Florida is currently accepting applications for the cohort starting Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022. Graduates can gain employment at Feeding South Florida’s food industry and logistics partners.

Both workforce training programs also provide life skills and soft skills training that makes students more marketable. Participants will receive resume writing support, interviewing skills, financial literacy and computer skills.

“We are excited to engage our fall Culinary Training Program and Warehouse Training Program,” said Paco Vélez, president and CEO of Feeding South Florida. “We are dedicated to breaking the cycle of hunger and poverty by increasing household stability and economic self-sufficiency through our workforce training and job placement programs. These programs have proven to be a successful experience for both the graduates and employers.”

To apply to be a participant in the Culinary Training Program, visit

To apply to be part of the Warehouse Training Program , visit

For more information, please click here.

By ML Staff. Image courtesy of Feeding South Florida


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