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Commmunity Kitchen Academy - Culinary Job Training Program

Community Kitchen Academy (CKA) is currently accepting applications for student enrollment in its successful culinary job training program.  

Application and Requirements

Please see attached application and training requirements. CLICK HERE to complete an online application. 

For more information about the CKA program go to or

The next CKA Burlington program is scheduled to begin APRIL 25 2016  

Applications are being accepted now.

CKA is a statewide program of the Vermont Foodbank that has partnered locally with the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf since 2009.  There have been twenty sessions in Burlington, graduating 139 students. The program continues to be very successful and has a deep and lasting impact for participants and the community. Overall, in Burlington 91% of graduates have successfully been employed. 75% have retained that job. And, 13% went on to pursue higher education. Each year, the students in Burlington produce approximately 50,000 meal servings to help those at risk of hunger.

Community Kitchen Academy is a 13-WEEK, Full-Time Job Training Program featuring:

  • Hands-on experience
  • Certifications
  • Attendance bonus
  • Financial assistance – no cost to qualified individuals
  • Job placement support
  • Potential to even earn college credits!


Community Kitchen Academy prepares underemployed and unemployed Vermonters for a career in the food service industry and lifelong learning through an intensive program of culinary skills development, career readiness and job placement. Students actively develop and apply new skills by creating wholesome meals for those at risk of hunger using food that has been gathered from within our communities that may otherwise go to waste.

Students are eligible for an attendance bonus, culinary equipment and uniforms. Students can qualify for up to 9 accredited college credits, receive certified training for ServSafe Food Safety and are assisted in finding full-time employment.

Brian Dermody , Chef Instructor

Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf

228 N. Winooski Ave; Burlington VT 05401

ph: 802-540-2572

Michelle Wallace, Director of Community Health and Fresh Food Initiatives

Vermont Foodbank

33 Parker Rd; Barre VT 05641

office: 802.477.4125 | cell: 802.498.7833