Channels Food Rescue of Harrisburg has been feeding York County residents for years.

"We have invisible services there," said its executive director, Lori Hoffmaster. "Nobody really sees us. Now we'll have a visible presence in York."

Channels Food Rescue, which has a cooking school in Harrisburg, is setting up a satellite kitchen school at Glory House Ministries, 40 Jefferson Ave. in York City.

The Channels' York Kitchen School's "kickoff open house" is 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Glory House Ministries.

"There will be a lot of great food and great music," Hoffmaster said. "People will get to meet us, our chefs and students and graduates from our cooking school in (Harrisburg)."

Channels' board of directors, volunteers and supporters also will attend the event, she said.

The goal: The school hopes to start off the York school with at least 15 students. Classes start Monday, Sept. 30, Hoffmaster said.

The school will provide a free 14-week job training program in the culinary arts field for people with low incomes and for those who want to restart their lives after release from correctional facilities.

Students will receive 12 weeks of culinary skills training and a two-week externship at restaurants, hotels and catering businesses in York and Dauphin counties, Hoffmaster said.

The school will offer financial and life skills training, as well as job placement assistance to students who graduate.


The school covers the costs for graduates to receive the state ServSafe food safety certification, she said.

More than 80 percent of the Harrisburg school graduates were placed in viable work since the culinary training program started in 1998, Hoffmaster said.

"We have taken people from federal prison programs, where no one else would give them a job opportunity," she said.

"People discarded them from society, but we give them another chance. We want to replicate the same program in York."

Covering the cost: To run the free training program, Channels receives financial contributions from individuals, corporations, special events and private foundations, Hoffmaster said.

The organization also runs New Leaf Catering to generate revenue for its school and to provide hands-on training for students.

To start up the York Kitchen satellite school, Channels received a $10,000 donation from local Penn Waste and a contribution from an anonymous donor, Hoffmaster said.

Established in 1989, Channels Food Rescue annually delivers more than 1.5 million pounds of perishable and non-perishable food to more than 135,000 people in York, Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties, according to Hoffmaster.

Impact: In York County, Channels delivers food to Glory House Ministries, Catholic Harvest Food Pantry, the Salvation Army, York Rescue Mission, the York County Food Bank, all in York City, and Temple Baptist Church in York Township, she said.

For the deliveries, Channels receives food from more than 200 donors, including grocery and department stores, pizza companies and hunger-relief charities.

Channels also has a Kids Café program, where Kitchen School students help chefs prepare more than 3,000 meals a week for at-risk children, mainly in Harrisburg and York City school districts.

Locally, the Kids Café food programs are at Martin Library, Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, the Salvation Army, New Hope Charter School and the YMCA, as well as New Hope Ministries in Dillsburg, Hoffmaster said.

Channels also offers nutrition education, a Plant-A-Row program for gardeners who want to donate fresh produce, and a backpack program that provides students food for weekends.

--Reach Eyana Adah McMil lan at emcmillan@yorkdis