Toronto, August 24, 2017 -The Hospitality Workers Training Centre through their social enterprise training restaurant, Hawthorne Food & Drink partnered with Second Harvest for five weeks to manage the Feeding Our Future sandwich production project for youth across summer camps in Toronto.
Lunches for kids in 16 Summer Camps
In speaking about the partnership, Lori Nikkel, Second Harvest Director of Programs and Partnerships explained, “With just a few weeks’ notice, Hawthorne stepped up to manage five weeks of sandwich production which ensured that children and youth in summer camps across Toronto would be able to receive the healthy lunches they deserve. It’s a huge job to undertake and we are humbled by Hawthorne’s willingness to help.”
Over five weeks, the team at Hawthorne prepared close to 24,000 lunches for kids in 16 summer camps across the city.
Team Building Experience
Approximately 6 participants from HWTC come every day. Mandie Abrams, Executive Director of HWTC comments, “It has been a great opportunity for our participants to develop additional work experience and their initiative, dependability and commitment to this project is to in be commended.”
Talita Brown a participant further outlined that it was a good experience to make sandwiches for children, it reinforced working in a group as a team and achieving a common goal.”
HWTC and Second Harvest will continue their partnership this September at the MLSE Launchpad culinary skills training where Second Harvest will provide the ingredients for participants to use for their learning.
The Hospitality Workers Training Centre (HWTC) is a non- profit organization delivering applied vocational training designed to meet the needs of Toronto’s hospitality employers. Our training courses are designed to prepare unemployed individuals for entry-level, in-demand jobs in the sector. We also provide supports to existing hospitality workers as they cross train and/or advance in their careers. Working closely with +150 medium and large sized Toronto based Hospitality and Food Service employers since 2013, HWTC has trained over 400 unemployed job seekers, linking 80% to employment opportunities in this fast growing sector. In addition we
have provided training and post-employment support to over 600 incumbent hospitality workers, through cross-training and career advancement supports