Garden of Eat'n

Christina Kenney, Program Director

Stanislaus County

Garden of Eat’n provides initial kitchen training while addressing barriers, fears and expectations about employment. The training program also provides individuals with the necessary life skills that make anyone successful as an employee. The program was created with Stanislaus County Employment services and the Department of Rehabilitation, to begin providing commercial kitchen training to mental health consumers.

There are three components to the program:

1.) Occupational skills training: A classroom learning environment where basic skills such as kitchen and food safety are taught.

2.) Situational assessment: Used to determine what individuals’ barriers to employment are.

3.) Work Adjustment phase: Barriers to employment are addressed and the individuals are given hands on training, in a real work environment.

The instructional class is 5 weeks, after which the students may be eligible to take the Work Adjustment training. If successful, the student then will take the ServSafe Food Handler overview and test. If they pass, they will be given a Certificate of Completion and an official ServSafe Food Handler card which will be mandatory for anyone in the State of California who works in a food establishment.

The Garden of Eat’n received CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) certification because our organization promotes the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through enhancing the lives of those served. Garden of Eat’n training is offered to Stanislaus County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) Employment Service consumers and Department of Rehabilitation members.

Address: 800 Scenic Dr.,
Modesto, CA 95353

Phone: (209) 544-1913

In 2011-12 Garden of Eat'n…

  • trained 8 kitchen workers
  • 8 earned ServSafe Food handler cards
  • 8 were hired for hands-on kitchen training