The kitchen makes use of meals to vary lives throughout the neighborhood

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PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (KDKA) – In the heart of Hazelwood, the rhythm of progress and the aroma of promise attracts a special team of budding professionals.

“This is CKP. We call this the abbreviated version. Community Kitchen Pittsburgh, ”said Chef Garland Richie.

Richie showed KDKA’s Kym Gable in the kitchen. Community Kitchen is a food powered, nonprofit organization driven by the passion to pay it forward.

Participation in the four-week culinary program is free for accepted students, many of whom face employment barriers and home challenges. The kitchen offers training and stability.

“If you have some obstacles in the background that could prevent you from giving 100 percent in class, we will help you with that too. Whether it’s legal, homeless, whether it’s driving a car, we offer bus passes. As much as we can, ”said Richie.

Donation funding and income from some grocery sales help pay for the program. Meanwhile, students are making foods that feed the homeless and are less fortunate in various nonprofits.

“When meals are left out, they are for people who are hungry and less fortunate. Knowing that they depend on us makes a big difference, ”said student Maya Wilson.

Student Delon Baskins said, “Outside of the program, I’ve lost friends and family. Coming here is a great way to get away and be with a lot of people who I love and who are important to me. “

The non-profit organization has just launched its Student Aid Fund initiative. You can find out more about Community Kitchen Pittsburgh here.

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