“Our Work Has Changed Lives Forever, For the Better. Together, We WILL End Hunger Here. ”
– Catherine D’Amato GBFB
This Relationship will connect donated food with culinary job training and ending hunger.
BOSTON – The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB), the largest hunger-relief organization in New England, and Snapchef, a leading Boston-based culinary training workforce development and staffing agency, today announced a partnership committed to bolstering workforce development in the culinary sector.
The genesis of the workforce partnership ties into the need for culinary workers in the Massachusetts economy. The food industry’s gap in qualified employees affects hotels, corporate cafeterias, sports venues, and restaurants. The Greater Boston Food Bank will be providing donated food to Snapchef that will utilize in culinary training and then fed to those in need.
“The Greater Boston Food Bank seeks to reduce hunger through collaboration with direct service programs across eastern Massachusetts. Snapchef’s mission and impact in bridging eastern Massachusetts residents with needed job skills made this partnership a natural fit,” said Catherine D’Amato, President and CEO, Greater Boston Food Bank.
Snapchef has increased its job training programs in the last year as the company continues to hire professionals in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. In response to industry demand, Snapchef developed the Fast Track Culinary program that serves to provide paid employment while building important skills for each Snapchef. The Fast Track Culinary program was designed in collaboration with Karl Guggenmos, founder and President of Culinary Solutions International, and Dean Emeritus of the College of Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University.
“Our goal at Snapchef is to provide earn and learn opportunities to professionals of all backgrounds. Over the last fifteen years Snapchef has been fortunate to build partnerships that help us employ and train culinary professionals. The Greater Boston Food Bank is the standard for food non-profits in New England. We are incredibly of this opportunity to work together with this fine organization.”, said Todd Snopkowski, President and CEO, Snapchef.
The Greater Boston Food Bank workforce partnership is the latest in a series of announcements by Snapchef in 2016. Snapchef earlier in the year opened a central Massachusetts in Worcester. Most recently, Snapchef joined in a public-private partnership with Boston Public Schools to support culinary innovation at Madison Park Vocational School.
About The Greater Boston Food Bank
The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and among the largest food banks in the country. GBFB provides 78% of the hunger-relief food distributed by its 550 member agencies throughout the 190 cities and towns in eastern Massachusetts. GBFB has more than 30 direct service programs that provide the highest quality of food and healthy meals for as many as 500,000 people a year in an effort to create a hunger-free eastern Massachusetts. GBFB is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network. For more information, visit us at GBFB.org, become a fan on Facebook, follow us on Twitter (@gr8bosfoodbank), or call us at 617.427.5200.
Snapchef is a chef-owned and operated company that specializes in providing culinary staff, in both temporary and permanent placements, to the most prestigious food service companies in New England. Clients include major universities, hospitals, five-star hotels, and corporate cafeterias.
Daniela and Todd Snopkowski, owners of Snapchef, were recently awarded the 2015 Small Business Person of the Year Award for Massachusetts by the SBA. The award recognized Snapchef for its positive impact on the small business sector and its workforce development efforts in Massachusetts. In 2014, Snapchef supported the regions’ economy by employing more than 700 people.