Manna Culinary Program
Our Culinary Program teaches students new skills in an effort to help them obtain gainful employment in the food service industry. Two classes graduate each year with an approximate 80 percent job placement rate. The program is open to the community and is the only one of its kind in the region, contributing to the local talent pool by assisting local establishments in employing the staff they require.
Cookies & Catering for a Cause
When you hire Manna to bake cookies for your business or event, you are helping our culinary students hone their talents while also supporting our social enterprise, which contributes to feeding those in need. Additionally, our culinary students and Manna staff chefs take on catering jobs with the mission of bettering our community.
In cooperation with The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado, Manna’s onsite garden allows us to rely less on food donations and more on our own food source. It also creates opportunities for independent cooking for Manna clients through the weekly Manna Market, a free produce stand which serves food insecure families and individuals on Wednesday evenings during growing season.
Take-Home Backpack Program
Caring for children in the community is a top priority for Manna. Our take-home student backpack program ensures that children are being fed outside of Manna’s normal operating hours. Food insecure families in the Durango School District 9-R and the Ignacio Boys & Girls Club are eligible for the program. We’ve also installed playground equipment on the Manna grounds so that families feel welcomed and supported.