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

The Culinary Training Program of End Hunger introduces individuals with disabilities to culinary fundamentals while also integrating workplace readiness skills needed to gain and retain employment. Students of this program will acquire pre-apprentice skills that will prepare them for an entry-level position in the food service industry.

This comprehensive job-training program incorporates not only culinary and baking techniques, but also includes ServSafe Food Handler curriculum, as well as workforce readiness and independent life skills.

While students will learn valuable independent-living skills, this program is intended for students who have the physical and intellectual capacity, as well as the desire, to become an integrated member of the workforce.

This course is FREE for eligible applicants.

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A growing community of individuals moving toward independence and meaningful employment.


To improve the lives of people with disabilities through vocational training, life skills development, and community.

Curriculum Topics Include:

Culinary and Baking Skills

  • Kitchen Utensils and Equipment Knife Skills
  • Mise en Place
  • Principles of Cooking
  • Recipes & Measurement Conversion Stocks and Soups
  • Eggs and Breakfast
  • Intro to Asian Cuisine
  • Plate PresentationPrinciples of the Bakeshop
  • Tools and Equipment for the Bakeshop Pastries and Cookies

Workplace Readiness and Independent Living Skills

  • ServSafe Food Handler Curriculum
  • Self-advocacy
  • Optimal Resume
  • Interviewing Skills & Mock Interview Practice Customer Service and Hospitality in the Workplace
  • Executive Function Skill Set Building
  • Workforce Professionalism
  • Goal Setting
  • Nutrition
  • Basics of Banking & Budgeting
  • Job Shadowing Field Experience at The Lobby Coffee Bar & Cafe Job Placement Assistance (when applicable)

This is a noncredit program and is limited to 6 students per session. Please note that completion requires full participation in the course and lab experiences.

Instructors: Ahna Miller (Director of Programs), Maura Smith (Student Support Specialist)

Location: Chesapeake Church (Huntingtown, MD)
Days and Times: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays; 9:30AM -12:30PM.
Program Length: 10 Weeks
Weather Closures: Calvert County Public Schools Closure

Next Session Dates: Tuesday, February 7 – Thursday, April 13
Graduation Celebration: Friday, April 14, 2022

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:


We invite individuals with disabilities, 16 years and older, living in Southern Maryland to apply!

Below is a list of student attributes for admission and success.

Grow your skills.

Get eight 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. 


All graduates receive the National SafeServ Food Handler Certification and free job placement assistance when applicable.

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

Student Attributes for Admission and Success


  • Self-care: Each student is responsible for their own self-care, including but not limited to personal hygiene and maintaining a clean uniform and professional appearance. (We will study this further in ServSafe Food Handling.)
  • Self-control: The ability to self-monitor and self-regulate behavior, use appropriate language and actions as well as avoid inappropriate outbursts.
  • Able to communicate with others and express needs.
  • Able to handle changes in routine and can be flexible in fluctuating circumstances.
  • Able to self-administer medications.


  • Workplace appropriate behavior: Applicant must be able to appropriately self-regulate and be aware of his/her own actions in relation to those around them.
  • Respect: Students must show respect for self and others.
  • Able to work in a team as well as individually.
  • Remain organized during tasks and classwork.
  • Self-Management and motivation: Manage assigned tasks with limited reminders.
  • Effectively manage mild stress. (e.g. time demands, constructive criticism and coaching)


  • Cognitive skills sufficient to function in a kitchen and learning environment
  • Ability to understand basic instructions and carry out those instructions, consistently with low to moderate supervision
  • Comprehend written text at a 5th grade level
  • Read and follow basic recipes and directions, including the transfer to action
  • Ability to recognize a hazardous/unsafe situation/environment and act upon it appropriately
  • Reasoning sufficient to understand a critique and/or constructive criticism
  • Sustained attention to workload over time and goal achievement


  • The student has the desire and motivation to participate in a pre-vocational educational experience.
  • Willing to learn about and use commercial kitchen equipment such as mixers, gas stoves, hoods, convection ovens, and dishwashers. Can use basic technology (cell phone, laptop, etc.)

You could be next!


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.



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.


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 learn valuable independent-living skills to bring you success.