SAN ANTONIO – There is more to the San Antonio Food Bank than just taking care of those who need a meal. The organization is going further by teaching students how to become chefs and use their new skills to pursue a career in the culinary industry, and, in turn, give back to others.
The food bank’s three-step initiative includes “Food for Today,” “Food for Tomorrow” and “Food for A Lifetime.” The last element of the initiative comes by way of the culinary training program.
The program is a free 18-week course. There are as many as 12 students in each class, and the program is taught by chef Gregory Williams.
“I love teaching in general, but the fact that this mission helps people better their lives is just the reward,” Williams said.
The students improve their lives by becoming more proficient at cooking and maybe even employed in the industry.
“The program is about (helping) people who want to enter into the culinary industry,” Williams said.
Venezia Garcia has wanted to own her own restaurant, and with an education from the food bank’s program, she could be well on her way.