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Job Training Programs Offered by Our Partners

Find additional job training and support services by other organizations we partner with.

New Greater Chicago Food Depository Workforce Development Programming Coming Soon

Please check our website in Fall 2024 for updates on our new program, marking a new chapter in the organization's enduring commitment to workforce development and community service.

The Greater Chicago Food Depository is making significant changes to its Workforce Development program to align with the evolving needs of the community. Beginning July 1, the current Workforce Development program will be suspended while the Greater Chicago Food Depository evolves its programming to better serve the community. This strategic pause allows the organization to reassess and enhance its offerings, ensuring they remain relevant and impactful.

During this transition, individuals seeking job training opportunities are encouraged to utilize the Food Depository's extensive network of partners for support and guidance. Please see our partners below.


Job Training

Our Partners are Here to Help You Begin a New Career

We work with partners across the Chicagoland area who offer a wide variety of job training and support programs that are free for eligible participants.

Please contact the organizations below for complete, current information about their programs.

General Workforce Programs  |  Culinary & Hospitality Programs  |  Supply Chain Programs  |  Support Services for Justice-Involved Individuals  |   Additional Support Services


Cara Chicago

Free workforce training, job placement and personal and professional coaching
Cara Chicago website | 312-798-3300

Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) programs
Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership website | 312-603-0200

City Colleges of Chicago: Career Bridge Programs

Tuition-free industry certificates leading to entry-level job opportunities and careers
City Colleges of Chicago: Career Bridge website | 773-COLLEGE

  • Daley College: Early Childhood Education​, Manufacturing
  • Truman College: Early Childhood Education
  • Kennedy-King College: Early Childhood Education; Culinary & Hospitality
  • Malcolm X College: Healthcare; Early Childhood Education​
  • Olive-Harvey College: Healthcare; Supply Chain and Transportation Technology
  • Wright College: Healthcare​

City Colleges of Chicago: Future Ready Programs

No cost credit and continuing education programs in high-demand fields
City Colleges of Chicago: Future Ready website

Moraine Valley Community College Adult Basic Education Program

Tuition-free adult basic education program for individuals in need of a high school equivalency
Moraine Valley Community College website | 708-974-4300

North Lawndale Employment Network

Job readiness training for under- and unemployed residents of North Lawndale and surrounding communities
North Lawndale Employment Network website | 773-638-1825

Opportunity Works

Paid internship programs for out-of-work or out-of-school suburban Cook County young adults
Opportunity Works website | 312-603-0200

One Summer Chicago

Employment and internship opportunities for teens and young adults
One Summer Chicago website | 312-603-0200

Sunshine Enterprises

Training and support for under-resourced entrepreneurs
Sunshine Enterprises website | 312-868-0040 ext. 203

Southwest Suburban Cook County American Job Center

Career services, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) programs, GED and employment training
Southwest Suburban Cook County American Job Center website | 708-222-3100


Advocate Aurora Health

Culinary apprenticeships
Advocate Aurora Health website | 708-684-8000

The Hatchery/ICNC

Free classes, internships and apprenticeships for West Side job seekers and aspiring entrepreneurs
The Hatchery website | 312-283-5723

Pyramid Partnership Inc.

Hospitality and food service job readiness and certification trainings
Pyramid Partnership Inc. website | 312-281-7925

YWCA Evanston

Culinary job training program and internships
YWCA website | 847-864-8445


Freedman Seating

Manufacturing apprenticeships
Freedman Seating website | 773-524-2440

Metropolitan Family Services Illinois Works Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Pre-apprenticeship program for construction and building trades apprenticeships
Metropolitan Family Services: Illinois Works website | 312-986-4000

Morton College Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Management career certificate program
Morton College website | 708-656-8000


Community Support Advisory Councils

Employment assistance and resources to support those in the reentry process
Community Support Advisory Councils website

Howard Area Community Center

Job training and mentorship for individuals re-entering or anyone seeking employment
Howard Area Community Center website | 773-262-6622

Lawndale Christian Legal Center

Free legal defense and restorative justice for North Lawndale residents involved in the justice system and their family members
Lawndale Christian Legal Center website | 773-762-6381

Safer Foundation

Job placement, training and reentry support for justice-involved individuals
Safer Foundation website | 312-922-2200


Chicago Housing Authority

Housing assistance and prevention
Chicago Housing Authority website | 312-742-8500

Brighton Park Neighborhood Council

Community based nonprofit organization providing healthcare services, financial support, immigration services, and additional programs for Chicago’s southwest side
Brighton Park Neighborhood Council website | 773-523-7110

Illinois Welcoming Center (IWC)

Comprehensive service center for immigrants and refugees in Illinois
Illinois Welcoming Center website | 312-793-7120

Metropolitan Family Services

Education, economic stability, emotional wellness and empowerment services for Chicago-area families
Metropolitan Family Services website | 312-986-4000

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The Food Depository offers free and paid job training programs for a career in hospitality or the supply chain industry.

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