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Food For Life

...where we're dishing up dinners and dreams!

Food For Life (FFL) is a culinary training and work readiness program for young adults in Washington, DC (ages 18-23). The young people with whom we work desire meaningful work and fresh opportunity to discover and live into their dreams.

FFL takes a comprehensive approach to food by using it as a tool for (1) culinary training, (2) work readiness (3) life skills training, and community building.

Food For Life also aims to connect its students with life skills training and  mentoring relationships so that they are better equipped to pursue their life goals, inside and outside professional kitchens.

“It’s a good place for teenagers to mature and grow up. It helps people who are trying to better themselves. The program builds motivation so that they can do whatever they put their mind to. A lot of teenagers need the help but they’re going in the wrong direction. I hope others can benefit [from the program] too.” - AJ, FFL student, age 18

FFL focuses on 8-10 students for a nine-week period, Tuesday through Thursday, for a total of 20 hours per week. 

On Tuesday and Thursday, students receive Culinary Skills Training from trained chefs while preparing up to 50 "gourmet takeout" meals for customers who purchase the meals online. A menu sample: 

  • Butternut squash, mushroom and sage tart wiht house-made "ricotta"
  • Lamb braised with eggplant, chickpeas, and tomatoes served over pearled couscous
  • Baklava with candied orange zest
On Wednesday, Food Education classes provide opportunities to further explore food, food culture, food justice and how faith and food connect. Life Skills/Job Skills Training focuses on preparing students for employment and a healthy life. Once a month on Wednesday, FFL students, staff, and volunteers sit down together to share the meal.

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For more information, please contact Marisa Stubbs at
“My food is to do the will of the one who sent me.”
John 4.34