Ep. 113 Florida Foodie -- Second Harvest Food Bank

Culinary program teaches students more than just cooking

Officials from Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida visited News 6 for the Florida Foodie podcast.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Learning to cook can change a person's life. The Second Harvest Food Bank's culinary training program is teaching people the skills they need in the kitchen to get a job and so much more. 

The program is also giving students life skills such as how to handle a budget or a job interview and it is doing it all free of charge. In fact, they will even give students gas cards or bus tickets if they need help getting to and from classes.

The program began six years ago. Since then, it has helped nearly 300 students and counting.

News 6 spoke with two people who really know the power of this program to help turn people's lives around.

Chef Izzy Santiago is one of the instructors, teaching students the ins and outs of the kitchen.

Chef Kenny Neal is a graduate of the program. He has since gone on to start his own catering business, Kolaiah's Catering.

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About the Author:

Thomas Mates is a digital storyteller for News 6 and ClickOrlando.com. He also produces the podcast Florida Foodie. Thomas is originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania and worked in Portland, Oregon before moving to Central Florida in August 2018. He graduated from Temple University with a degree in Journalism in 2010.