Providing job training, life skills and hope for low-income adults

The Philabundance Community Kitchen (PCK) is a 14-week culinary vocational training program which has been transforming the lives of low-income women and men since 2000. Students who are accepted into the 500-hour program will; earn their ServSafe certificate; have an internship opportunity in the culinary industry; prepare meals for those in need; and receive retention services by PCK staff for two years after graduation to ensure that students maximize their training and maintain positive work ethics post-graduation.

While PCK promotes the self-sufficiency of its students by preparing them to work in commercial kitchens, another focus of the curriculum is on life skills, which helps students not just secure a job but a second chance at life.

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Produced more than 4 million meals for those in need
Helped 825 graduates enter the workforce
82% overall job placement rate

Open House Information

To apply, prospective students must attend an open house where you will learn more about the program and take a test ensuring applicant can pass a seventh and eighth grade math and reading assessment.

Summer 2019 Open Houses will take place on the following dates at 9am:

  • March 7th
  • March 14th
  • March 21st
  • April 3rd (10:30am)


To RSVP please call Jason Starling at 215-235-5052 x127

Summer 2019 class will begin on April 8th 2019 and end on July 19th 2019.

Required Qualifications

  • Be 18 years or older and qualify as a low- to no-income individual
  • Be available Monday-Friday, 7:45 AM – 3:30 PM for 14 consecutive weeks
  • Display highly-functioning mental capacity, aptitude and attitude
  • Be sober for 90+ days
  • Have no sexual abuse charges or any open cases
  • Attend an open house

Email Jason Starling at to apply.

Application Requirements Include

No resume is required

  1. Attend an Open House
  2. Complete Application
  3. Two Recommendation Letters
  4. Entrance Exam (5th-6th grade math or reading assessment)
  5. Writing Sample
  6. Negative Tuberculosis


PCKatering provides professionally-prepared food to you, and, in return, proceeds of your order will benefit students, graduates and our neighbors in need.

Using thoughtfully-sourced food, PCKatering will complement your corporate meetings, reception or community event with delicious sandwiches, salads, appetizers and desserts.

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American Culinary Federation

In 2018, PCK was inspected by the ACF (American Culinary Federation) and received its Education Foundation Quality Program status, which recognizes culinary- and hospitality-related programs that meet or exceed industry standards for education and training.

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