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Local nonprofit Kitchens for Good adds baking option to free apprenticeship program

Posted at 12:40 PM, Sep 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-24 15:40:06-04

(KGTV) -- Since 2013, Kitchens for Good has helped fight hunger across San Diego by working with local food backs, created programs to help those with troubled pasts, and now they're adding a baking option to their apprenticeship program.

After Kitchens for Good launched their culinary apprenticeship program five years ago, it has led to both success and opportunity.

"It's an amazing program here, we are so lucky to be here doing this," said an instructor for their baking program.

They added in a baking option to their existing culinary program that launched this month.

Their apprenticeships aren't your normal "bake and set" classes. They hope students like Kenneth Donato, take what they learn inside to lead better lives.

"Just 3 months ago I was living under a bridge, now my wife and I we're living inside. I'm going to school, I work here, and help them out," said Donato.

Directors for the nonprofit said out of their 300 apprentices, 85% landed jobs upon completion.

Baking instructor Helen Coyne added, "I see so many opportunities in baking and pastry, and I'm so excited for them to have that." They say adding in a baking program means more students can sign up, in hopes more will get hired.

The baking program is a free 20-week hands-on course for those who qualify.