As we head into a New Year it marks my third year as a Board Member for The Chester County Food Bank. During the past two years on the board, I have worked with the staff on many occasions. Whether a presentation to the board, interacting at an event or just casual conversation around the office, they are nothing short of amazing. The Chester County Food Bank staff’s dedication, energy, and selflessness is seen and heard in all they do.
I could spend days sharing examples of their devotion, but I would like to share something new and extremely exciting: the FRESHstart Kitchen Program.
Through the FRESHstart Kitchen Program, students acquire workforce skills in a food-service setting. The duration of the program allows for a comprehensive approach to alleviating the struggle of economic poverty. The FRESHstart Kitchen Program emphasizes building stability by using a self-empowerment framework along with case management. The tools for success lie within each individual. The development of life and career skills gives each participant an opportunity to gain employment and become a participating member in their community.