Chefs for Hope Program Provides Life-Changing Culinary Education

“If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.”

This is the philosophy that inspired The Salvation Army’s Culinary Training Program in Louisville, KY, an intensive 10-week course which offers individuals who are struggling with homelessness, poverty and addiction, the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to obtain an entry level position in the culinary industry.

The innovative program is widely supported by area restaurants as well as Sullivan University, which helps provide guest lectures, field trips, chef’s attire, food, and most importantly, employment opportunities for graduates.

“What makes this program so good is that it continues to ring towards our goal of offering a hand up and not a hand out,” said Todd Lanham, Chairman of The Salvation Army, Louisville Area Command. “It essentially gives opportunities to people who haven’t had opportunities in the past, and through the program they are able to grow, turn their life around and ultimately give back to their communities.”

Upon completion of the course, culinary students have the opportunity to work with the city’s top chefs in creating a six-course meal for the annual Chef’s for Hope gala that raises essential funds for the program. With 125 foodies in attendance at last week’s gala, the event raised approximately $31,000 which will support two 10-week sessions this year.

“Students in this program take the opportunity and run with it,” said Lanham. “Chefs for Hope is really changing lives.”

To learn more about The Salvation Army’s Culinary Training Program in Louisville, visit http://www.sa-lou.org/home-salou or find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheSalvationArmyLouisville?fref=ts.

 

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3 Comments on “Chefs for Hope Program Provides Life-Changing Culinary Education

  1. army greetings this is chef will/william j plank

    i have six kids and one son and would like to have army make a way for me to come and train for a salvation army certificate degree i love cheffing and think that the school is my wish revealed for years i wanted this built and i want to go threww the school so i then can come to upstate new york and build another culinary branch i have a fire for cheffing that will never die and come from three gernerations of chefs please army grant me this i bow all my might to do this and will prove to you all i will be a great teache rin upstate new york for army . thank you p.h.d.rev. william j plank 8 years vet student of salavation army 585-593-1428 35 lombard venue wellsville new york 14895 / i want to go into chef wars in iron chef in honor of salvation army culinary chefs please men of god this is a dream i have

  2. iI hand you my online school may it bless you army i am a 10 year vet of salvation army training i will back you for ever i want you to come to upstate new york so i can go threw and add this certificate with my other one its a salvation army thing after all jesus school of cooking is as high as they come my first message it was late but indeed i hope you build schools all over the earth amen jesus

    love chef will

  3. ARMY .OK I WILL ………..SAY THANK YOU FOR ..POSTING ME I HOPE IT BRINGS IN MANY………….AS WE SAY I LAY DOWN MY HONOR FOR THE SAKE OF CHEF………..THOUGH I AM A CERTIFIED CHEF..I INDEED WANT A SALVATION ARMY CULINARY CERT. BECAUSE I KNOW IN MY HART ITS THE MOST POWERFULL CHEF. CHEF GLORY ON EARTH…

    I WENT TO ESCOFFIERS…AND TOP CHEF…BUT INDEED I WOULD BE SO HONORD TO COME TO YOUR SCHOOL ….I HAVE A P.H.D. IN THEO. AND SEE THIS CULINARY IN A LIGHT BEYOUND WHAT YOU SEE THIS I KNOW FOR THIS SCHOOL IS THE MOST POWERFULL CULINARY ON EARTH AT THIS TIME.

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