Our entire Snapchef family is passionate and dedicated to corporate citizenship and humanitarian causes. We work with all levels of government and non-profit agencies to enrich the lives of our staff, clients and the communities in which we operate. It’s the reason why owner and CEO Todd Snopkowski was recipient of the 2016 Citizens Bank Good Citizens Award. Contact us if you have an idea of how your organization can work with Snapchef to enrich our local communities.
Here are some of the great mutually beneficial collaborations that we’re proud to work on and constantly strengthen to provide culinary training and workforce development opportunities in Massachusetts and Rhode Island:
The Snapchef Foundation is dedicated to positive social impact in the regions in which Snapchef operates by celebrating food as art and personal expression, sustenance, workforce development and community building, through three primary areas of focus:
- developing unique public and private community partnerships that provide free culinary training for individuals interested in launching a foodservice career
- alleviating hunger by providing meals for local community members
- creating and supporting foodservice education initiatives and scholarship opportunities for students at vocational technical schools, community colleges and universities
The 501c3 foundation was established in July, 2015 by Snapchef founder and CEO Todd Snopkowski and his wife Daniela, along with the help and support of WACS Master Chef and Johnson & Wales University Dean Emeritus Karl Guggenmos.
The Greater Boston Food Bank donates food to Snapchef for the purposes of providing culinary job skills training and steady employment to often individuals. The prepared food is then fed to those in need. Snapchef also makes an annual Holiday cash donation to the Food Bank on behalf of each of its clients in the greater Boston metro region.
Snapchef makes an annual Holiday cash donation to the Worcester County Food Bank on behalf of each of its clients in the greater Worcester metro region.
Snapchef makes an annual Holiday cash donation to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank on behalf of each of its clients in the greater Providence metro region.
Snapchef has established a scholarship program for high achieving students with financial need enrolled in Johnson & Wales University’s culinary programs. Snapchef also provides unique internship and other “earn and learn” employment opportunities for the university’s students pursuing foodservice careers.
As part of its staff onboarding process, Snapchef has partnered with Codman Square Health Center which provides health screenings, including a test for TB, for all its employees before they are assigned to client work.
MASSACHUSETTS RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION EDUCATION FOUNDATION – Snapchef staff serve as mentors and advisors to students at the Madison Park Technical Vocational High School participating in ProStart®, a program of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) that teaches culinary techniques and management skills to students in participating high schools.
MASSACHUSSETS PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CULINARY TRAINERS – This coalition of non-profit culinary training organizations connects Massachusetts residents in need with culinary job training opportunities through coordination with the Massachusetts Restaurant Association. These individuals are often in the process of rebuilding their lives through problems with addiction, incarceration and other personal challenges. Snapchef serves in an advisory role for the culinary training, as well as provides employment placement services for those who complete the training program.
Boston Public Schools’ Madison Park Technical Vocational High School received more than $451,000 in a workforce skills equipment grant to purchase commercial grade restaurant equipment and refrigeration units. A portion of the grant is being used to create a specialty food truck, which Snapchef is helping to develop for the purposes of training students in small business entrepreneurship and the culinary arts.
Massachusetts One Stop Career Centers serve as a vital link in connecting workers and employers to bring about economic opportunity. These Career Centers are helping put Massachusetts’ citizens back on the payroll, one person and one job at a time. Snapchef actively recruits those seeking employment through this agency’s numerous career fairs throughout the state.
Gloucester Fresh is an initiative of the City of Gloucester, MA, and is sponsored by Gloucester Economic Development and Industrial Corporation (EDIC) and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Snapchef has teamed with the organization to promote sustainable seafood, including under-utilized species such as Whiting and Red Fish.
The Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association (GFWA) is a non-profit organization promoting the New England fishing industry, helping to preserve the Atlantic Ocean as a food supply for the world, and assisting active and retired fishermen and their families to live better lives. Snapchef is helping unemployed fishermen gain employment and foodservice careers through its Fast Track “earn and learn” culinary training program.
Fast Track Food Truck – This first of its kind mobile culinary training truck created by Snapchef has been designed to visit communities across Massachusetts and Rhode Island, working in partnership with clients and workforce development organizations. The truck provides culinary job skills and “earn and learn” employment opportunities in both states to address the lack of a trained culinary workforce in the region.
Snapchef helped to develop a tailored step-by-step culinary training curriculum to help students at NECAT develop job skills and career advancement in the food service industry.
Snapchef has partnered with Community Care Alliance to develop a culinary training and career development program for youth and young adults in northern Rhode Island. Snapchef is using its industry-leading, four-week Fast Track Culinary training curriculum to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to enter the culinary industry, including a ServSafe® Foodhandler Certificate. Snapchef is also connecting students to internships that match their interests.