Member Profile: TCK-Providence
Triad Community Kitchen (TCK) is the Culinary Training Program of Second Harvest Food Bank of NW North Carolina. Providence Restaurant is their social enterprise and home to a unique and professionally designed paid Hospitality Residency Program.
Mission: To provide community members with skills, knowledge and support for securing employment in the food service industry.
One – we train unemployed and under employed individuals in culinary arts and life skills so that we may help to place them in meaningful sustainable jobs. Two – we utilize these students to produce ready to heat meals for our neighbors in NWNC who struggle to feed themselves and their families. Three – we engage in several revenue generating social enterprises that help us to sustain our not-for profit activities.
We are really most proud of our residency program. As we looked around the country there is really nothing else exactly like it - long-term advanced training, paying a living wage while they are getting that training, and doing it in a sustainable business operation all at the same time. We think it is pretty ground-breaking and we are proud of that now that we've had eighteen months to look back on it
“Our slogan at Providence is, ‘Feed your appetite, nourish your community,’”
– Chef Jeff Bacon, Executive Director, TCK-Providence