We were surrounded by “madd love” at the last Catalyst Kitchens Regional Summit. Our first regional convening of this kind in the Northeast, the Summit brought together 15 organizations from 5 states for two days of conversation and connection at UTEC in Lowell, MA.
The Maryland Food Bank is a major force throughout Maryland and distributes enough food to provide more than 37 MILLION meals throughout the state annually. In 2010, they decided they wanted to do even more and started FoodWorks, a 12 week culinary training program with job readiness and placement support. They have prepared 200+ graduates for culinary employment since the program’s inception.
The Catalyst Kitchens team has qualified Community Kitchen Pittsburgh as a Model Member in the CK Network! Model Membership is the Catalyst Kitchens way to determine the impact organizations have on their community. Community Kitchen Pittsburgh has been working towards Model Membership for years with their focus on formerly incarcerated individuals and a student job placement rate of 92% of their graduates.