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Feeding South Florida Launches Its New Culinary Training and Warehouse Training Programs

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, Feeding South Florida® is pleased to announce the launch of its new 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 10-week curriculum, created by James Beard-nominated Chef Lindsay Autry, will provide participants with hands-on experience 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 Monday, April 26, 2021, the program will take place at Feeding South Florida’s new, state-of-the-art, 5,000-square-foot Community Kitchen, located at its Feeding Palm Beach County headquarters 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.”

“Feeding South Florida’s Culinary Training Program provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our students to learn from one of America’s top chefs, Chef Lindsay Autry,” said Sari Vatske, executive president of Feeding South Florida. “We are honored to have Chef Autry’s support and are happy to offer this program at our state-of-the-art Community Kitchen, to help participants learn about and enter the culinary field.”

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.

Feeding South Florida is also excited to launch its 5-week Warehouse Training Program, where students will learn about food safety, material handling equipment, inventory, picking, receiving, shipping and inventory. Applications are currently open for the first cohort that started Monday, April 26, 2021.

In addition, Feeding South Florida is hiring for two culinary positions to lead the program:

  • Director of Culinary Services, overseeing production, training and catering

  • Culinary Training Manager, responsible for organizing and executing the Culinary Learning curriculum.

  • Warehouse Training Manager, responsible for teaching students how to navigate material handling equipment, food safety, receiving, picking shipping and inventory skills, among others.

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

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

To apply for the Director of Culinary Services position, visit

To apply for the Culinary Training Manager position, visit

Feeding South Florida’s food distributions are updated daily and available at

To find out how you can help, learn about what Feeding South Florida is doing, safety precautions, and much more, visit

By ML Staff. Images courtesy of Feeding South Florida


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