For the fifth year in a row, students from JobTrain, a Menlo Park-based, nonprofit organization that provides job training and placement services, have baked thousands of cookies for inmates in San Mateo County to make their holidays a little bit brighter.
The nearly 10,000 cookies, baked by JobTrain Culinary Arts students, range from chocolate chip to peanut butter cookies to savory scones. The cookies will be picked up on December 19th at 10:00 am by members of the San Mateo County Service League, a nonprofit that coordinates services and activities within San Mateo County jails. The League will package the cookies and deliver them to the inmates on Christmas day. Each inmate will receive at least 10 cookies.
Culinary Arts Instructor, Chef Adam Weiner, welcomes the project each year: “It’s great that I can combine parts of our curriculum, in this case baking and production cooking, with something that helps the community. It’s a win-win. My students increase their skill sets while at the same time learning that it is important to give back to the community.”
The Culinary Arts program is one of JobTrain’s full-time vocational training programs that the nonprofit provides to people in San Mateo County at no cost. The success of JobTrain’s programs is illustrated in the high percentage of graduates who obtain employment: last year, 76% of graduates of JobTrain programs obtained high-quality jobs, and one year after placement, 88% were still working.