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Community Kitchen Academy (CKA) accepting applications

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

CKA is a statewide program of the Vermont Foodbank that has partnered locally with the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf since 2009.  There have been fourteen sessions, graduating 100 students. Well over 80% of graduates have successfully found employment or gone on to further their education. The CKA Burlington program is scheduled to begin its 15th session on December 6, 2013.  

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

  • Hands-on experience
  • Certifications
  • Attendance bonus and financial assistance
  • 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.

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


James Consentino

ph: 802-540-2571