Due to COVID-19, Philabundance is adapting its efforts to ensure individuals and families
have access to the food they need while preventing the spread of the virus.
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“PCK changed my life. I would have never applied for the position I have now if it wasn’t for my time at Philabundance. I would have thought that I could not do it, now I’m training for Head Cook.”
Ikia Carrington, Win 18 Cook, Overbrook School for the Blind

Open House Information

To apply, prospective students must attend an open house to learn more about the program and take a test ensuring the applicant can pass a fifth and sixth grade math and reading assessment.

Open Houses are now closed. Please stay tuned via our social media platforms for information regarding upcoming PCK open houses.

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 offense charges or any open cases

Email Jason Starling at to apply.

Application Requirements

  • No resume is required
  • Attend an open house
  • Complete application
  • Two recommendation letters
  • Entrance exam (5th-6th grade math or reading assessment)
  • Writing sample
  • Be negative for tuberculosis

American Culinary Federation

As of 2018, PCK is an ACF (American Culinary Federation) Education Foundation Quality Program, which recognizes culinary- and hospitality-related programs that meet or exceed industry standards for education and training.

Ready to Apply?

Contact Jason Starling

Common Questions

How much does it cost to enroll in Philabundance Community Kitchen?

Thanks to our generous donors and grants, PCK is free to all adults who are eligible for SNAP benefits.

What kind of skills do students learn?

Students learn entry-level, hands-on and classroom-based culinary and kitchen operations, including safe food handling, knife skills, meat and poultry fabrication, cooking methods and recipe development.

Can students enroll with a criminal background?

The program accepts students with previous convictions, excluding sex offenses and open cases (those still in process).

Do you need previous food service experience to qualify?

While experience in food service is a plus, students do not need previous food service experience.

Does the program provide any support to participants?

PCK provides students with a uniform, materials, books, computer/internet access (at the school) and life/employment coaching services during and after graduation. PCK staff will also assist in obtaining successful employment following graduation for up to two years.

What credentials do graduates receive for completing the program?

Successful graduates complete the program with a Manager’s ServSafe Food Handler’s Certificate ($160 value), a certificate of completion and eight college credits transferable to Community College of Philadelphia (towards certificate or Associates in culinary arts.)

What kind of jobs have past graduates obtained?

Typical graduates are hired as prep cooks, cooks and line staff at area restaurants, supermarkets and institutional food service settings such as Temple University, Hahnemann Hospital, Chickie & Pete’s, ShopRite, South Jazz Parlor and the Moshulu.