Stone Soup – Workforce Development


Our Purpose

Started in 2015, the Stone Soup Job Skills Training Program is an active part of GWCFEC. The program is designed to provide training on food safety and customer service, and teaches basic culinary skills, with a focus on training low-income and mentally and intellectually challenged individuals for employment in the foodservice industry.  Graduates will also have the opportunity to be hired by the food incubator owners and be trained to assist with the co-packing operation at the facility.


What We Do

Participants are required to attend six weekly, two-hour sessions to receive certificates of completion.  An emphasis is placed on hands-on culinary training, which is provided by a retired chef, who is an instructor for the program.  Sessions teach nutrition, budgeting and shopping skills, in preparation for employment and to help participants in caring for themselves and their families.  In order to encourage participants to practice their new skills, kitchen utensils and food items are sent home each week. At the end of the training, students will not only have a new set of skills, but will have ownership of basic kitchen tools. The program is totally grant funded and there is no charge for individuals to attend.



Our Partners

Our 64 graduates have worked with  Rappahannock Goodwill Industries who have aided them with job placement and participation in paid internships. The continued support of our community partners,  Virginia Cooperative Extension, Family Nutrition Program, Culpeper Department of Human Services, Rural Madison , Culpeper Head Start has helped Stone Soup to be a workforce development program in our community.



News coverage:

Stone Soup Project teaches workforce, life skills
Madison County Eagle (VA) – November 5, 2015

Stone Soup Project a Success
Rural Madison – January 14, 2016


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