The new $15 million Second Harvest Food Bank facility is officially open, and it will now be able to serve twice as many people.
John Carroll is an aspiring chef who is part of the first class of culinary students in the Second Harvest kitchen.
"This is my new beginning to a better life without drugs and alcohol and all that goes with that, and moving in right direction," said Carroll.
The point of the new program is to help students like Carroll learn a new trade, help them find a job and
"They were on one side of the food line receiving the food and now they can pay that forward by producing the food in the kitchen that is going to go back into the community," said kitchen director Dawn Viola.
The first class of 16 students is just getting started in the
"Number one: Change lives," said Dave Krepcho of the Second Harvest. "It's a production kitchen. It will make a couple hundred thousand meals a year."
It will also be catering several events every week. The kitchen has been open only a week, and
Because of that catering component, the kitchen will be a profit source, with the money going back into helping to serve up more meals and more opportunities for people like Carroll.
"I can't do anything about my past, but I can do something about my future, and this is going to help me right here," said Carroll.
The new Darden Foundation Community Kitchen will be preparing hot meals every day for organizations like Boys and Girls
Down the road,