Food bank plans to feed and educate Delawareans

The Food Bank of Delaware has taken another to step to help the community by extending one service that will not only cater to your appetite but your skills too.


The Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware will now cater to the public, offering full service options to those who like to eat. The program known as “Culinary Catering: Catering for a Cause” is designed to train disadvantaged adults for employment in the food industry. Almost every dollar raised from catering will be used to help fund student scholarships.

“We’re really proud of this new initiative,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “When you work with Culinary Catering, your reward is two-fold: honoring your guests or valued employees with wonderful food and service, while helping to change lives in our community.”

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The Culinary School will offer 14 weeks of hands-on training so that the adults can learn at least the basics of food preparation and kitchen operations as well as technique and safety. As a result, students and those who successfully complete the program will receive job placement, career coaching and mentoring.

Pacem in Terris, a Wilmington-based organization, was among the first to try Culinary Catering during a pilot period. “Everything was beautifully presented, tasted wonderful and delighted all of our diners,” said Sally Milbury-Steen. “We have received more compliments than ever before about the food and we would certainly hire Culinary Catering again.”

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