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The Second Harvest Culinary Training Program is a 16-week continuing education opportunity offering adults facing barriers to employment with the culinary and life skills training needed to pursue a full-time sustainable career in the food industry.

In the 16-week program, students attend classes Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., in person at the Food Bank.

Students enrolled in the program gain valuable “hands-on” experience learning in our teaching kitchen during their lab time with our team of award-winning chefs.

To apply, students must meet the eligibility requirements below and complete the application. Students are strongly recommended to download and review the handbook below before applying.

Applications are being accepted for the following session:

  • Session Dates: July 29, 2024 - November 15, 2024
    Application Deadline: July 22, 2024
  • Session Dates: October 21, 2024 - February 28, 2025
    Application Deadline: October 14, 2024
  • Session Dates: February 3, 2025 May 22, 2025
    Application deadline: January 27, 2025
  • *start dates are subject to change*


  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Authorized to work in the United States
  • Must possess a High School Diploma or GED equivalent
  • Must reside in the central Florida area
  • Have experienced financial instability (unemployment, low wage, government assistance, etc.) during the last 12 months
  • Must not possess a criminal history involving arson, sexual battery or violent crimes. All other criminal activity records will be considered on a case-by-case basis
  • Demonstrate an enthusiasm for and willingness to commit to the Program and food service industry by obtaining a job full-time in Culinary upon completion of the program
  • Must be able to attend classes for 16 weeks, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in person at Second Harvest Food Bank, 411 Mercy Dr. Orlando FL 32805

34.87% of the Culinary Training Program is funded by the United States Department of Labor.

Culinary Training Handbook

The Culinary Training Program is designed to complement the two- and four-year formal culinary programs in the area, should students wish to continue with their culinary education. Our social services program tracks students' progress and milestones after graduation for one year, and provides job placement assistance.Click here to apply.

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