Offender Employment-DC Central Kitchen


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DC Central Kitchen trains people for culinary jobs, provides food for under-served populations and operates food preparation and distribution services in cooperation with forty-two colleges throughout the United States. Most of the people they train have criminal histories or are under the supervision of the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA). Participants have very high rates of program completion and placement within the culinary industry.

DC Central Kitchen works with the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency’s VOTEE (Vocational Opportunities for Training, Education and Employment) unit. VOTEE provides assessment and preparation for people on supervision to complete educational objectives and enter the workforce.

Guests include Sarah Riley, Program Administration Manager for DC Central Kitchen, Persis Johnson, Recruitment and Intake Coordinator for DC Central Kitchen and Luella Johnson, Supervisory Vocational Development Specialist for  VOTEE.

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