The Community Culinary School of Northwestern Connecticut in New Milford has been named a 2020 Top-Rated Nonprofit by GreatNonprofits.

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The culinary school provides job and life skills training to unemployed and underemployed adults from the greater New Milford area.

All food prepared in classes is donated to local food banks to feed the hungry within the community.

The Community Culinary School is also the congregate meal provider for the New Milford Senior Center as well as being the Town of New Milford’s emergency food provider.

“We are honored to be named a 2020 Top-Rated Nonprofit,” said Dawn Hammacott, executive director.

“We are proud of our accomplishments this year, including beginning the senior center congregate lunch program, then finding a way to not only continue the meals with delivery during the pandemic, but to add three times more meals than we were serving at the senior center,” Hammacott said.

The Top-Rated Nonprofit Award is based on the rating and number of reviews that The Community Culinary School of Northwestern Connecticut received from volunteers, donors and aid recipients.

“Kudos to the CCS--they are such a positive and helpful presence in our community and have been for 13 years,” one reviewer wrote. “So many success stories have come out of the school; careers started, businesses and opportunities created, sometimes for people who had no direction at all.”

“The senior center is a grateful beneficiary of the school's services, as is the community at large, with delicious food being served and much needed social interaction provided by staff and students,” the reviewer continued.

“The school is run by caring, creative, and committed people who appreciate their community, and who know that the value they provide is very important. Thank you to everyone involved in this wonderful organization,” the review summed up.

“The Community Culinary School of Northwestern Connecticut is a great example of a nonprofit making a real difference in their community,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits,

“Their award is well-deserved recognition not only of their work, but the tremendous support they receive, as shown by the many outstanding reviews they have received from people who have direct experience working with The Community Culinary School of Northwestern Connecticut,” Ni said.

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The GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Awards are the only awards for nonprofits determined by those who have direct experience with the charities - as donors, volunteers and recipients of aid.

The complete list of 2020 Top Rated Nonprofits can be found at https://greatnonprofits.org/awards/browse/Campaign:Year2020/Issue:All/Page:1