NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Tonight at 5pm, Elijah’s Promise will host an hour-long open house for anyone interested in receiving more information on their Promise Culinary School.

Elijah’s Promise, the city’s only soup kitchen was founded in 1989.  Their Promise Culinary School was opened in 1997.

According to their website, they have taught “hundreds of students, preparing and placing them at jobs in the food service industry.”

“Our philosophy is that by sharing not only what we have, but also the tools for people to feed themselves, no one in our community needs to go hungry.”

The event is free of charge and open to the public.  Event registration is available here.

“Please join us for an information session and snacks prepared by our current students. This is an ideal opportunity to ask questions and find out if this is the program for you,” said the online invitation.

There are two vocational programs available at the Promise Culinary School: one in the Culinary Arts (daytime or evening classes), and one in the Baking and Pastry Arts (daytime only).

The brochure for the program says, “We also offer partial scholarships and personalized payment plans to qualified students.”

“It’s really is a lot cheaper than other culinary schools,” adds Gabby Aron, an employee at Elijah’s Promise.

“It’s like a job retraining,” says Aron, “The program is for people who are looking for a career change, and who are looking for a job in the culinary industry.”

Aron also told that either program is “very intensive.”

“The program is last about a half of a year, but it is geared towards people who have families,” she said.

The motto of the organization is “Food Changes Lives.” Just a few of the success stories from past Promise Culinary School students can be found here.

There will be an additional open house for the school on Tuesday, March 12 at 5pm.  Registration for that event is available here.

Molly O'Brien started writing for New Brunswick Today as a freelance reporter in February 2013.

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