When you stop by the Community Culinary School of Charlotte to pick up something from the bakery or grab a quick lunch (and you should – it’s just what you need during this busy season), remember to tell them congratulations.
The school is the N.C. winner of the 7th annual Tom’s of Maine “50 States For Good” program, which picks 52 programs that benefit their communities. The school will get $20,000 from Tom’s to use for its Workforce Development training program.
Community Culinary trains people who have had problems with joblessness for a variety of reasons, from lack of training to struggles with addiction or incarceration, for jobs in food service. After starting on Distribution Street, where the program shared space with Friendship Trays, it moved last year to the Graylen Office Park, 9315 Monroe Road. Now it has a large training space with state-of-the-art equipment, a bakery and small cafe with a daily lunch menu, and Encore Catering for events.
CCSC-trained students work at restaurants all around the area,
Tom’s of Maine is a natural-products company that focuses on personal care items, like toothpaste, deodorant and soaps. The company gives 10 percent of its profits to organizations that support people and the planet.