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We're creating pathways to employment with local food businesses by providing paid kitchen and culinary training for community members facing barriers to employment, with a focus on the re-entry population.


Our 13-week kitchen training program connects system-impacted residents to food jobs with competitive pay, positive work environments, and growth opportunities. Additionally, we provide fair chance employment resources to local food businesses to support their efforts to employ a workforce that accurately reflects the demographics of Alameda County. With these actions, we are committed to seeing a shift toward a more equitable food community in the Bay Area.







In collaboration with local workforce development partners, we recruit individuals interested in gaining employment in the culinary field.

Kitchen & Culinary Training 

Individuals participate in a four-week paid training where they receive hands-on kitchen experience and mentorship -- learning the fundamentals of food safety, knife skills, customer service and self advocacy which are the essentials for success at their internship.


Trainees then move into a paid eight-week internship at partner food businesses. The internship gives participants live kitchen and food service experience that build off the curriculum they learned in the preceding training.

Gaining Employment 

Program graduates will either gain long-term employment at their internship site or will be provided support to gain employment through our broader workforce network. We invite graduates to receive continued support with resume development, interview prep and connections to partner social service and educational providers.

Interested in participating?

Check out the dates for our cohorts:

🍠 May 06, 2024 – August 05, 2024

🍅 August 26, 2024 – November 25, 2024


Our guide, Building Equitable Employment in the Food Sector for System Impacted Residents, highlights best practices for creating a kitchen and culinary training program that is adapted to the needs of reentry individuals to support long-term employment.

Our Food Business Partners

DAYTRIP Oakland food business logo
Xingones Oakland food business logo
The Pleasure Principle Oakland food business logo
understory Oakland food business logo
kinfolx Oakland food business logo
Millennium Oakland food business logo
JustFare Oakland food business and non-profit logo
Cafe Colucci Oakland food business logo
Roasted & Raw Oakland food business logo
Lion Dance Cafe Oakland food business logo
Lovely's Oakland food business logo
Eli's Mile High Club Oakland food business logo
Oaktown Spice Shop Oakland food business logo
Sequoia Oakland food business logo
Bolita Oakland food business logo
Friends & Family Bar Oakland food business logo
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