Community Kitchen Program 

Who We Are: Our mission is to provide free culinary certification skills and education, along with workforce development and training to those in need of job placement. This program helps to create job security and aids each individual in building a career in cuisine. At Community Kitchen, we use food as a powerful tool; giving each student the ability to craft their own unique culinary skills. Our education program opens doors to those in need to provide jobs and build their careers. Our outreach is broad because we want to be able to aid efforts within our community wherever it is needed at the time. This allows us to better provide for those in need in our community. At Community Kitchen, we consistently provide meals to the homeless, senior citizens, refugees, youth programs first responders, our veterans, and whoever is in need of a nutritious meal. Within our program, we have many outlets for outreach

Student Lunch Program:

Student Lunch Debt is an national problem, we are attempting to help tackle and alleviate locally. At Community Kitchen we aim to provide nutritious and well-balanced lunches Monday thru Friday to children in need and provide weekend meals, afterschool meals and a summer meal program too. At Community Kitchen we know that proper nutrition is crucial to a child’s success and academic performance and we want each child to have the best opportunities for success.

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We Support Ethiopia;

 As the Founder of Community Kitchen, I, Robel Mamo am originally from Ethiopia, much of my family is still in Ethiopia, and part of my heart will always be in Ethiopia. My family who has emigrated to America actively involve themselves in charitable services locally and globally. My sister Berket Mamo founded a nonprofit, “Springs of Living Water,” that fights human trafficking in Ethiopia; we are working in tandem with her charity in any way that is needed. In Ethiopia, we are also actively working to build community gardens and hope to one day have a community kitchen to feed those in need and help alleviate poverty within the area.

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Veterans:

 At Community Kitchen, we support our veterans; hosting lunches and dinners to honor those who have served our country and defended our freedom. We also provide a specific culinary education class for veterans to provide them with skills to help with job placement once they have returned home and are in need of jobs.

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Relief Out Reach Program;

 At Community Kitchen, we like to meet our community's needs where their need to be met at that specific time. Therefore, we have a program that keeps us flexible and broad allowing us to tackle immediate issues and provide aid during moments of crisis. Community Kitchen will be happy to travel for outreach to areas hit by natural disasters like hurricanes and snow storms to provide those communities with food and basic needs. If a tragedy happens within our community we want to be prepared and respond immediately to this need.

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Carolinas Cooking Program; CPCC

Community Kitchen has partnered with Central Piedmont Community College to collaborate on our efforts to provide education to those in need. Our education program teaches restaurant culinary skills, basic nutrition and wellness skills, basic financial literacy, professional etiquette, and interview and job conduct skills to aid students in building their careers. Each class also has specific skills that we build into those specified programs; English as a second language, learning to cook with handicaps and disabilities, learning to cook and work in a high pace and stressful situations, time management, life skills, and other specified skills sets. Therefore, aiding each individual student and providing them the most tools and opportunities to allow them to craft their own skills and have their own individual needs to be met so they can reach their goals and build careers.

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We Support America;

 As the founder of Community Kitchen, I, Robel Mamo emigrated to America from Ethiopia in my late teens. I was met here with warmth and acceptance as a new American. America is the land of opportunity; freedom and I truly believe in the American dream for all of my wonderful fellow Americans. America has given me so much, I met my wife in America, my beautiful children are American-born, I received an education at an American university and I am proud to say I am Ethiopian American. Therefore, our mission at its core is to uphold the American Dream for all of our fellow Americans and provide assistance wherever it may be needed and help aid my fellow Americans in building careers and aiding them in fulfilling their own American Dreams.

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Good Food Process Program;

This program allows us at Community Kitchen to give perishable foods a second chance and cut down on food waste within our community. Our partners provide us with fruits and vegetables that we then process, pickle and can and turn around and put back on the shelves of food pantries and the shelves of those in need. This program is structured to be a hands up program instead of a hands out program.

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Relief Out Reach Program;

 At Community Kitchen, we like to meet our community's needs where their need to be met at that specific time. Therefore, we have a program that keeps us flexible and broad allowing us to tackle immediate issues and provide aid during moments of crisis. Community Kitchen will be happy to travel for outreach to areas hit by natural disasters like hurricanes and snow storms to provide those communities with food and basic needs. If a tragedy happens within our community we want to be prepared and respond immediately to this need.

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