Caridad Culinary Training Program

Are you looking for a new career?

Do you aspire to work in the culinary industry?

Are you motivated to learn, grow, and change for a better future?

You may be the perfect fit for Caridad’s Culinary Training Program, an innovative 10-week program that offers hands-on culinary and classroom training.

In addition to increasing marketability, gaining confidence, and discovering true potential, graduates receive national ServSafe Manager Certification, job-related life skills training, and job placement assistance. Daily, students have the opportunity to apply their new skill set to the Caridad feeding program.

Daily, students have the opportunity to apply their new skill set to the Caridad feeding program. A program of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, Caridad Community Kitchen prepares and serves hot meals and sack lunches to people in need. The chefs and culinary students use fresh and local donations from the Food Bank to prepare more than 14,000 nutritious meals every month.

Students take pride in knowing that they are not only improving their own lives, but the lives of people in their community as they assist in sending out up to 750 meals in one day to people who might otherwise not have anything to eat. Read more about the Caridad Feeding Program.

Ideal Student Profile

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered:

  • 18 years or older
  • Low-income
  • Eligible for employment in the U.S.A.
  • Initiative to seek employment and an earnest desire to work
  • Able to read, write, and communicate at an 8th grade level
  • Drug-free and sober for 180 days or longer
  • Able to work in a hot or cold environment, stand for 6+ hours a day, and lift a minimum of 50 pounds
  • Able to commit fully for ten weeks
  • Interest in and commitment to the food industry
  • Reliable housing during the entire program
  • Reliable means of transportation
  • Law-abiding
  • Behavioral stability (if applicable)
  • Desire to listen and improve oneself
  • Motivated to learn, grow, and change for a better future

What to Expect

The Culinary Training Program is 10 weeks and runs Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Caridad Community Kitchen, which is located at 845 N. Main Avenue.

When offered acceptance, candidates will be asked to complete a drug test, along with a $25 investment, which is returned two fold in the form of $50 upon successful completion of the program.

Join the Caridad Culinary Kitchen Training Program today! Complete an online application here.

In Their Own Words: Caridad graduates on what the program means to them

Graduating from Caridad and getting a job at the HUB are my biggest accomplishments, second to my kids. The program gave me the confidence to walk into a restaurant and put my skills to work. It really prepared me for a job in the culinary industry."

“I expected a lot from Caridad and the program actually gave me more than I expected. I mean right now I wouldn’t have had career opportunities without those skills.”

“The program took a person who was lost and gave me direction. The staff went out of their way for me, and my future is bright because of their dedication.”

“Caridad helped me to feel very confident about myself and to get my first job in the United States. I am very grateful to the staff for accepting me into the program.”

“My life is being ‘put into place’ because of Caridad. They reinforced skills that helped to break down my barriers to employment. I am currently employed, which has eased my financial stresses and increased my confidence level. I thank them deeply.”

“Caridad changed my life. It gave me the skills and confidence I needed to become head cook at Sauce. If I had the time, I would attend again because I loved it so much.”

“Caridad has been a place of encouragement and stability. I will always be thankful for all the people I met there, students and faculty alike. They are not only my peers, but also my friends.”