Feed Me Hope Culinary School is a vocational training program offered free-of-charge to the homeless community by the Downtown Soup Kitchen Hope Center. Students learn classic culinary and bakery techniques, obtain their food safety and sanitation cards, and are assisted in job placement. They're also given the opportunity to participate in a 'Life-Skills' course led by coach Richard Irwin, where they learn adaptive and positive behavior to help them deal with the everyday challenges of a workplace environment.
By the time they complete the program, students should excel in ten core competencies: Attendance, Personal Responsibility, Coach-ability, Food Safety, Time Management, Customer Service, Culinary Arts and Knife Skills, Equipment Knowledge, and Kitchen Math. Upon graduation, they are expected to conduct a job search and application process guided by Feed Me Hope's program coordinator to find them stable jobs where they have potential to thrive.
"A HAND UP AND OUT OF HOMELESSNESS"