The Teaching Kitchen

Food service job training for individuals facing barriers to employment.


The Teaching Kitchen at Community Servings is a free 12-week job training program for people interested in careers in the food service industry who face barriers to full-time employment. Many trainees accepted into the program will be eligible to receive earned training wages.

As they learn food preparation and cooking techniques, trainees also help our culinary team prepare the meals we deliver to our clients each day.

We are currently accepting applications for our upcoming sessions!

  • June 6th – August 25th
  • July 18th – October 6th
  • August 29th– November 17th
  • October 10th– January 5th
  • November 21st – February 16th

Class hours are 9am-4pm, Monday through Thursday. Attendance on Fridays is optional for those who like to complete additional internship hours in the production kitchen.

For more info, email Teaching Kitchen Program Manager, Allison Sequeira, at or call 617-522-7777 ext. 206.


Program Highlights

Our 12-week, hands-on program includes:

  • An understanding and supportive environment
  • All textbook and classroom materials
  • Chef-led kitchen and classroom instruction
  • Training for the ServSafe certification exam
  • Real work experience
  • Job readiness classes
  • Resume + job placement assistance for one year


Upon graduation, 84% of those placed in jobs retain employment for at least 30 days.

Trainees receive ongoing resume, interview skills, and job search assistance while in the program and for a year after completion. Following graduation, our trainees work in a number of food service settings, including colleges and universities, nonprofits, catering businesses, grocery stores, hotels, and restaurants.

“These past months we became more than friends, we became family. I’m glad to have met all of you at Community Servings. You gave me another chance.”

Teaching Kitchen graduate, returning citizen

Inside the Teaching Kitchen

Preparing Individuals for Food Service Careers

While trainees are learning about different cooking methods and safe food handling, they’re also helping us prepare meals for our clients – it’s a win-win!

Teaching Kitchen Graduate Kerry Rollins – 2022

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