The sweet aroma of fruit tarts and cheesecake fills the air in the Community FoodBank of New Jersey’s kitchen. These irresistible desserts are made by chefs-in-training, students of the Food Service Training Academy.
“People who come from our program come from all walks of life. What they find here is hopefully a purpose,” said Community FoodBank of New Jersey Director and Executive Chef Paul Kapner.
These nearly 30 students are part of a rigorous 16 week, tuition-free training course, which is covered by private donations. The program’s trainees includes everyone from those looking for a career change to former inmates, like Hussen Moore who struggled to find work after he was released from prison.
“I’m 37 years old, I’ve been in and out of prison for my whole 20s and I’m getting too old and my kids are getting older and I want them to be proud of me,” said Hussen.
Students learn everything from knife skills to life skills and ultimately graduate with a food safety certificate.
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