Central Kitchen hopes to maximize overall efficiency of food distribution within Cleveland’s homeless shelter system by providing a centralized location in which fresh food is prepared and cooked. Central Kitchen aims to provide healthy meals for local organizations that serve with individuals who are homeless, while training and employing populations that have employment barriers.
The Cleveland Foundation and Cuyahoga County Office of Re-Entry were early supporters of Central Kitchen.
Training includes 12 hours of weekly class time for 3 months learning basics in cooking and kitchen safety with Chef Laura Campbell, Central Kitchen’s Culinary Instructor. Students spend another 10 hours per week with Chefs Mark Ridenour and Brad Taylor, applying learned skills in the Central Kitchen facilities. During the last two months of the program, all 20 hours of weekly work time are spent in the kitchen.
As a result of Central Kitchen training, program participants have the option to become SafeServ certified. They will also have the option to become a certified cook by the American Culinary Federation.
If you would like to know how you can help us help others, there are multiple ways to get involved. Contact Director of Social Enterprise Bryan Mauk at (216) 658-4608 or