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The Journey... in Five Chapters

Updated: May 5, 2023

Providence students come form all walk of life.

Some who enroll want to learn new skills and make new connections after a job loss. Some want to enhance their skills and pursue better-paying opportunities. Some want to fine-tune their knowledge to start a business. Some are simply seeking a fresh start.

Everyone who enrolls is supported as an individual - as they move through their chosen training opportunity and as they establish themselves after graduation.

Our culinary program is the first of its kind in the nation to offer the American Culinary Federation's Certified Fundamentals Cook® certification.

Chapter I - The Early Days

Chapter 1 offers a brief glimpse into the early days of a student enrolled in our Intro to Culinary Class. Like all who enter the Providence teaching kitchen and classroom, Courtney is dreaming of a brighter future for herself and her family and is determined to do what it takes to get there. Baking is Courtney's passion...and we can't wait to see where her journey takes her.

Chapter 2 - Next Steps

Knowing there is a story that got each student to us, and thinking about the potential that will be nurtured though the culinary program as that individual's journey unfolds is exciting to say the least.

In this installment, Octavious Brown talks about what led him to the Providence Culinary Training Program and his plans for the future.

Chapter 3 - Next Steps

Upon completion of both Culinary Fundamentals and Advanced Culinary (13 weeks of classes and hands-on work in the kitchen), Second Harvest's Providence students have the opportunity to take an exam to earn Certified Fundamentalist Cook (CFC) certification through the American Culinary Federation (ACF). Providence is the first culinary program in the nation that is part of the Feeding America network to offer this certification, which indicates personal determination and commitment to the profession and is a tool when negotiating for employment.

Chapter 4 - Graduation

Shadae Bishop, or "The Bishop," as she is known here at Second Harvest Food Bank, continues to be an inspiration to the flow of students coming through Providence Culinary Training, whether for a fresh start or to hone their skills. Her tenacity and determination to believe in herself, apply herself, and move forward, one step at a time, hold lessons for us all.

Chapter 5 - The Journey Begins Anew

Kirby Reaves, Culinary Class 99 a.k.a. "Culture 99," worked two jobs throughout his 13 weeks with Second Harvest' Providence program, and he was at the top of his class. For Kirby, and each of the more than 845 people who came through culinary training before him, the journey begins anew with graduation and employment. Today, Kirby is employed at Fratellis Italian Steakhouse in Winston-Salem. He’s part of the Second | Providence family now, and we can’t wait to see where his journey takes him. Go Kirby! Go!

FIGHT HUNGER. SPARK CHANGE. FEED OPPORTUNITY. Now through May 8, 2023 Gifts through the Walmart Foundation; store-level product donations; associate volunteerism; and the annual Fight Hunger Spark Change campaign (going on now through May 8 in all Walmart and Sam's Club locations) provide important year-round support for Providence Culinary Training and other Second Harvest Food Bank programs. Learn more here.

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Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC

3655 Reed St. 

Winston-Salem, NC 27107

Tel: 336-784-5770

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