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St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County’s Kitchen of Champions culinary program helps low-income residents move forward in their lives and re-enter the workforce by providing the training and skills needed to obtain employment in the food service and hospitality industries. The program was founded in 2007 and offers opportunities for residents throughout Alameda County. Your support makes it possible for us to offer Kitchen of Champions students the intensive job training, coaching and employment assistance during the program and beyond. SVdP does not charge tuition to attend the Kitchen of Champions program, and we rely heavily on donors and supporters to fund the program.

We invite you to play a vital role in changing a deserving individual’s life by making a monetary contribution. Sponsoring a student will help to ensure the continued success of the Kitchen of Champions culinary training program. No donation is too small, and SVdP is grateful for your support!

Suggested Kitchen of Champions sponsorship amounts:

$3,800 provides 12 weeks of training for a student*

$1,000 allows us to purchase starter knife rolls for 10 culinary students

$500 covers the cost of 4 ServSafe Management certifications

$250 provides course materials for 3 students

$100 covers transportation for 2 students for 1 week

$50 guarantees a new chef coat for a participating student

Please send your donation in the form of check (made out to: St. Vincent de Paul, memo line: Kitchen of Champions) or credit card number (do not send cash) to:

St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County
attn: Development Department
9235 San Leandro Street,
Oakland, CA 94603

For questions, please call (510) 877-9250.

Or, make an online donation through our secured site here.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Your gifts are tax deductible.

(*Note: Each full scholarship provides 12 weeks of training, classroom study materials, ServSafe certification instruction and testing, weekly stipend, uniforms, and professional knife set at graduation.)

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