Providing groceries is one thing. Ending hunger is another thing entirely.

When people don’t have the skills they need to get and keep a job long-term, they’re more likely to become dependent on food pantries to meet their basic needs.

Our free Culinary Training Program helps unemployed and underemployed persons move toward self-sufficiency. Over six weeks, students of all abilities prepare for work in the restaurant industry and participate in life-skills programs to ensure their long-term success.

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Awarded Governor’s Citation

End Hunger In Calvert County received a Governor’s Citation for our work with individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities. This recognition is truly an honor and would not be possible without our partners at The Arc Southern Maryland , The Connection, and The Autism Project Inc. . To every End Hunger Partner, you are the real heroes.

Pictured, from left to right: Terry Long (CEO, Arc SoMD), Carol Beatty (Maryland Secretary of Disabilities), Ahna Miller (Director of Programs, End Hunger), Rev. Robert P. Hahn (CEO, End Hunger), Norma Dallas (Arc SoMD), Ron Mould (Arc SoMD).

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Here’s how the program works:

Apply.

We invite unemployed or under employed individuals, 16 years  and older, living in Southern Maryland to apply!

We especially welcome students with developmental disabilities.

Grow your skills.

Get six weeks of free training to prepare for work in a cafe, restaurant, or bakery.

You’ll also get instruction in budgeting and personal development to grow your confidence and independence. 

Graduate!

All graduates receive the National SafeServ Certification and free job placement assistance.

Most importantly, you’ll enjoy the dignity of meaningful employment.

You could be next!

Cecilia

student
I went from cutting fruit for two weeks in my internship to being the kitchen manager and a lead on the catering team. The Culinary Program definitely gave me the skills I needed to be successful in the restaurant industry.

Kristi

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In the Culinary Program, I learned independent living skills and how to be more self-sufficient. The program also helped me to feel more confident in myself and my success.

Travis

student
I learned many valuable skills through the Program, like how to measure ingredients, proper chopping techniques and how to handle food safely. The greatest benefits of the Program was meeting new friends and volunteering at its local cafe, The Lobby. The Lobby position offered me real life experience of working in the food industry.

Ending hunger is a community-wide effort.

We’re grateful for our Culinary Training Program sponsors:

You have the power to change your life.

Apply today and build a meaningful career.