Barclays donates $10,000 to The Culinary School

Late last month our Culinary School received great news from our friends at Barclays. Because of our volunteer department’s hard work in preparing for Barclays days of service, the company chose  one of our programs, The Culinary School, to receive a generous $10,000 grant. Barclays has chosen to focus its charitable contributions on programming for skills development and employability! The funding will be used for student scholarships, uniforms, textbooks and other supplies needed to operate the training program.

The funding is already being put to good use, as today was the first day for the 26th class of The Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware. Seven enthusiastic students will spend the next 10 weeks with us developing their skills in the culinary arts. Today was an orientation day, and students learned expecations and what sorts of training curriculum the culinary team has in store for them. At the conclusion of 10 weeks, we will place our students in a two-week paid internship and then they’ll celebrate their accomplishments with a graduation ceremony!

The mission of The Culinary School is two-fold. First students are taught skills that are highly desirable to employers in the food industry and, second, these newly-developed skills have the potential to lead to jobs in the industry that provide job security and economic sustainability. Our Culinary School allows us to accomplish our vision of a community free of hunger. By providing individuals in our community with much-needed job training we can help those in transition secure well-paying jobs that enable them to become self-sufficient!

For more information about The Culinary School or to inquire about the next training class, please contact Culinary Arts Program Manager, Jill Swain, at (302) 444-8076 or


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