With the new commercial kitchen at 835 Ferry Street, we are launching a new program. Under the direction of retired caterer Sally Van Slyke, our newest employee, we have created a new program at Loaves and Fishes. In partnership with the Martinez Unified School District (“MUSD”) with financial support from the Y & H Soda Foundation and the MUSD, the Loaves and Fishes Culinary Training Program is underway. We have seven students from Vincente High School in Martinez who will be attending 8 weeks of classes under the direction of Sally Van Slyke. Students will spend eight weeks learning their way around a commercial kitchen including basic cooking skills, food service methods, cleanliness and food safety, inventory and product control as well as a healthy portion of life skills. At the end of the 8 week course students will earn a certificate of completion and their California Safe Serve license.

Students will have the option to have help with job placement as well as support for their application to Diablo Valley College’s premier two year Culinary Program including the opportunity to obtain a scholarship. Many local hospitality business need a source a reliable trained workers for entry level jobs in the food service business and Loaves and Fishes hopes to work with those who are motivated to work their way to independence and self-sufficiency.