Our Organization

Mission Statement

We seek to empower participants, qualifying them for jobs that earn a living wage in the food service industry and helping to feed the hungry while doing so.

Community Culinary School

The Community Culinary School of Northwestern CT empowers unemployed and underemployed individuals to succeed by providing them with the comprehensive job and life skills training necessary to earn a living wage in the food service industry in positions with career opportunity. Throughout each 12-week session, students gain valuable hands-on experience as they prepare food, which is donated to area food banks, addressing food insecurity in our community. An average of 2,000 meals are donated per session, providing hunger relief to vulnerable populations.



The school was founded in 2007 to fundamentally change the lives of program participants through job and life skills training leading to careers in the food service industry while also addressing hunger in our community. Peg Molina, former Director of Social Services, Town of New Milford, and Dawn Hammacott , long-time food service professional and former owner of Grand Patisserie, a local bakery/café, recognized the need for job training in the area and partnered  to create the program. The first session was held in August 2007.

*SNAP Employment Training Provider
*WIOA Employment Training Provider
*Equal Opportunity Provider