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, 16-week 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 one thousand 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 Capital One, CME Group Community Foundation, Prudential Foundation, ShopRite LPGA Classic and State Street Foundation.