As the economy is improving, so are the openings for talented and skilled kitchen workers – the growth potential for the program is boundless.

HELP USA’s Culinary Arts Program trains homeless residents in the skills and techniques essential to successful employment and promotion in the culinary industry, including the basic NYS food handler’s license.

The 9-week culinary arts class is specifically designed for students to learn the basic techniques in prep-cooking in order to attain the skills necessary to secure an entry-level position in the food service industry and to be promoted. Over 50% of program participants have found employment within the industry, while others have transferred the skills form the class to other fields.

Currently the program is expanding to reach an additional 100 residents thanks to a grant from BNY Mellon.