Food Service Training Academy

Part of our Community Kitchen, the Food Service Training Academy (FSTA) is a culinary job-training program that provides graduates with marketable skills and changes lives.

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey’s Community Kitchen opens the FSTA to individuals in need of a fresh start. Since 2000, the program has graduated more than 900 students. Close to 90 percent are employed within six months of graduation.

Take a look at how the Academy provides FOOD, HELP and HOPE:

Meet our students

Go to our FSTA students page, where you can watch videos of our students talking about what brought them to the program, what they’ve learned and their favorite lessons, along with photos of them in class.

Interested in becoming a student of the Food Service Training Academy?

Please contact Rosemarie Murray, Community Kitchen Administrator, for further information by calling 908-355-3663 ext. 240 or emailing

Interested in hiring our qualified graduates?

Employers interested in qualified, ServSafe® certified kitchen staff should speak with Wilma Armstrong, Culinary Employment Specialist, by phone at 908-355-3663 ext. 288 or through email at