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Food Service Training Academy

Food Service Training Academy

Our Food Service Training Academy (FSTA) exemplifies our commitment to addressing the root cause of hunger – poverty – by providing graduates with marketable job skills that can lead to a living wage.

The free, 15-week intensive culinary and life skills program provides students with the foundation for  a better life and teaches them about communication, nutrition and healthy cooking. We started the FSTA in 2000 and have  graduated more than 2,500 students with an average job-placement rate exceeding 90 percent.

Students  train in a state-of-the-art, fully-equipped  commercial kitchen where they prepare healthy meals for thousands of food insecure children at our Kids Cafes and Summer Nutrition sites. FSTA graduates also earn their ServSafe® Certification by participating in the program.

This program is possible due to support from the ADP Foundation, Capital One, CME Group Community Foundation, Prudential Foundation, ShopRite LPGA Classic and State Street Foundation.


Rosemarie Murray, Community Kitchen Administrator or 908-355-3663 ext. 240

Wilma Armstrong, Culinary Employment Specialist or 908-355-3663 ext. 288