The 73rd Culinary Job Training Graduation on Friday, December 16th was a time for joyful noise. Four young students broke out into celebratory song after graduating from the first-ever youth Culinary Readiness program.
There she is! Our co-founder Jill Staton Bullard, in her environmentally green jacket, at her 2016 Raleigh Hall of Fame induction this month! Chef Terri Hutter, along with Jill's Food Shuttle and birth families, celebrated the lifetime achievement of this remarkable woman. In the words of the nominating committee: “…Through her never-ending desire to erase hunger in our community, hard work and collaboration with others, IFFS is a leader and example for others across the country in addressing food.” Jill officially retired from IFFS in July but remains active in environmental and food system work, particularly in Haiti. Watch the video here and prepare to be impressed! We love you, Jill!
Cooking Matters at the Store (CMATS) is an informative, engaging, and effective program that provides ready-to-use nutrition and finance info to low-income individuals.
Maria needed a job to help support her family, but her search had been unsuccessful. Then she learned about our Culinary Job Training Program.
The 5 graduates of the 72nd Culinary Job Training class demonstrated their professional skills by creating a luncheon buffet for friends, supporters, and very special guests: NC Secretary of State Elaine Marshall and Wake County Commissioner John Burns.
"It was really rewarding to see how the work I put in at IFFS was making an impact out in the community."
"I’ve never volunteered at a place where the staff were so welcoming, the participants were so excited, and the programs were so fun!" -Meghan Dempsey