Foodlink Career Fellowship recruiting for Class of 2021

Rochester-area residents who have experienced barriers to employment but have a passion for cooking are encouraged to apply now to Foodlink’s one-of-a-kind culinary training program.  

The Foodlink Career Fellowship is a unique job-training and anti-poverty program – and the first New York State-approved cook apprenticeship. Foodlink is accepting applications all summer for the Class of 2021, which begins its yearlong journey in September.

The curriculum includes nine months of a paid apprenticeship, combining classroom and on-the-job learning with an externship at a local employer. Participants learn essential cooking techniques, earn industry credentials as well as the hard skills needed in large-scale food production. Foodlink staff will facilitate job offers for all graduates, with a focus on livable wage jobs and opportunities for professional development.

All applicants must be nominated by a community-based organizations or mentor. Visit to download the application and learn more about the program. For more information, please contact Foodlink’s Career Empowerment Initiatives team at

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: About applying for the Fellowship

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