The Community Culinary School of Northwestern Connecticut provides training and job placement to unemployed and underemployed adults 18 and older who are interested in starting a new career in the food service industry.

Chef-instructor Blythe Roberts, a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York City, heads up the 12-week sessions that feature culinary and life skills training and take place at St. John's Episcopal Church on Whittlesey Avenue.

Food produced in the classes is distributed to the hungry in the community via the New Milford Food Bank, serving up to 150 households weekly.

To date, 100 percent of students successfully passed the ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification test and the school has an 88 percent employment rate at three months post-graduation.