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Food Services

As hunger and poverty in Oregon continue to rise, our Food Services program partners with local organizations to provide hot meals for those who are unsheltered and offers its own culinary training to help those experiencing barriers to employment regain their self-sufficiency and stability.

Nourishing the bodies, minds, and spirits of our community

Our Food Services team offers access to fresh, nutritious food and culinary training

In March 2020 we added food preparation and distribution to our suite of services. Named the Food Response Network (FRN), the program has become a main staple of our work and increased our food distribution efforts in the Portland tri-county area by 4,000% (as of 2020-2021).

The FRN ensures that individuals and families who are experiencing food insecurity have access to healthy food options. It’s also home to Germaine’s Kitchen and Café, our hot meal distribution center and culinary workforce training program dedicated to helping those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and other unique barriers to employment acquire basic culinary and job skills.

If you’re a prospective student, click the Germaine’s Kitchen and Café tile below to learn more about our workforce development program and apply today! If you need food assistance, please contact us here.



Germaine's Kitchen and Café

At the heart of our Food Response Network is Germaine’s Kitchen and Café (GKC). GKC offers a 16-week culinary workforce development program accommodating all the different learning styles, abilities and practices of our students. We have cultivated a space that allows them to grow their skill sets and gives them confidence to reach personal goals.…

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Germaine's Kitchen and Café

At the heart of our Food Response Network, Germaine’s Kitchen and Café prepares and distributes hot meals for our unhoused neighbors in southeast Portland and provides a culinary training program for those in our community with their own unique barriers to employment, from experiencing intellectual and developmental disabilities to coming through rehabilitation, addiction, and other life-changing experiences. Apply now for culinary training at Germaine’s Kitchen and Café!

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