Philabundance Culinary Arts Vocational Program Turns 10

Katie Cavuto, formerly of The Next Food Network Star joins the celebration

WHAT: In 10 years, the Philabundance Community Kitchen (PCK) has turned out more than two million meals for people in need and graduated 400 individuals from its culinary arts vocational program.

Celebrating this milestone year and its mission to promote the self-sufficiency of able-bodied, low-income adults, Philabundance, the region’s largest hunger relief organization, is throwing a dinner party. More than 200 guests are expected to attend the event that will present guest speaker, Katie Cavuto, formerly of The Next Food Network Star, and will honor Robert Sulick, Sodexo & The Sodexo Foundation, for their generous support over the years, as well as recognize outstanding alumni.

WHO: PCK was founded in 2000, as an adult culinary arts vocational training program that supplies critically needed meals to agencies serving people with food insecurity. PCK promotes the self sufficiency of low-income women and men by preparing them to work in commercial kitchens. The program also offers life skills support for problem solving and long-term life and employment success.

In nearly 500 hours of classroom and hands-on training, students learn culinary arts—from basic knife skills to food preparation to food safety. Students have access to professional chef and guest chef workshops, catering opportunities, mock interviews, off-site internships and National Restaurant Association ServSafe Certification.
PCK continues to usher personal responsibility, commitment and hard work, into intense culinary arts training, sustainable food service employment, and financial independence.

WHERE: Liberty View Ballroom
Independence Visitors Center
One North Independence Mall West
6th & Market Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19106

WHEN: Thursday, August 5, 2010, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Philabundance is the region’s largest hunger relief organization fighting hunger and malnutrition in the Delaware Valley. Philabundance provides a full plate of services to close to 500 member agencies in nine counties. Philabundance provides food to approximately 65,000 people per week, at an aggregate cost of less than 30 cents per meal. There are approximately 900,000 residents in our region at risk of hunger or malnutrition. In 2009, Philabundance, distributed 17 million pounds of food in the Delaware Valley. For more information about Philabundance, call 215-339-0900 or visit

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