NYS awards Foodlink nearly $1M in workforce development funding


ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul visited Foodlink on Monday to announce multiple grant award winners from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Workforce Development Initiative.

Foodlink is receiving a nearly $1 million award to support for Foodlink Career Fellowship — a culinary training program that creates pathways to prosperity for individuals with barriers to sustainable employment.

Funding allows Foodlink to sustain and expand the program, starting with the recruitment and launch of its third class of participants this summer.

“Putting people first is our mission,” President and CEO of Foodlink Julia Tedesco said in a statement. “We nourish thousands of people on a daily basis, but also create opportunities for individuals to be empowered with the skills they need for a healthier future. We’re forever grateful that the state has recognized the potential of this innovative program to spur economic development.”

The program was launched in 2018 to train individuals for middle-skills careers in the regional food industry. Fellows are nominated into the program and progress through a yearlong curriculum that includes classroom and hands on training in a commercial kitchen where they help prepare after school and summer meals for Rochester students.

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