August 28, 2013, Burlington, VT – The Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, in partnership with the Vermont Foodbank, are proud to announce and welcome James Consentino as the Chef Instructor of Community Kitchen Academy (CKA).
James joins the CKA team from ARAMARK in the Northeast Region where he served as the Senior Food Quality and Standards Manager. Over many years, James has contributed significantly to his career in the culinary arts. James is a Pro Chef II graduate, Certified Chef de Cuisine, ServSafe trainer, and has successfully trained and placed many individuals into the culinary field.
CKA prepares underemployed and unemployed Vermonters for a career in the food service industry and lifelong learning through an intensive program of culinary skills development, career readiness and job placement. Students actively develop and apply new skills by creating wholesome meals for those at risk of hunger using food that has been gathered from within our communities that may otherwise go to waste.
The Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf works to alleviate hunger by feeding people and cultivating opportunities. As the largest direct service emergency food provider in Vermont, CEFS serves over 12,000 people each year.
The Vermont Foodbank is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, serving communities in all 14 counties of Vermont through a network of more than 270 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, senior centers and after-school programs. In FY2013, the Vermont Foodbank distributed more than 8 million pounds of food to as many as 86,000 Vermonters in need of food help. To learn more about hunger in your community and to take action against hunger and poverty in Vermont, visit us on the web at www.vtfoodbank.org.