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Chicago’s Community Kitchens Featured in Powerful New Film
January 2, 2020
The Greater Chicago Food Depository and Small Forces, a Chicago-based film company, are proud to present a powerful new short film highlighting the challenges and success of two recent Chicago’s Community Kitchens graduates.
Chicago’s Community Kitchens is the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s culinary job training and placement program that prepares unemployed and underemployed adults for successful careers in the culinary and hospitality industry. From knife skills to life skills, the program empowers students to chase their dreams and fulfill their potential.
The six-minute documentary-style video features students Christina and Demetrius as they navigate the challenges of the rigorous program and their own personal lives. The Small Forces film crew began shooting in June 2019 and completed production in early December.
Through stunning visuals and empathetic storytelling, Small Forces helps elevate the work of nonprofits at no cost to them.
Founded in 1998, Chicago’s Community Kitchens has graduated more than 1,300 students and boasts a 90% job placement rate. The program, which is free for students, is part of the Food Depository’s mission to eliminate the root causes of hunger.
As Demetrius says in the film: “You have to want better for yourself. If you want better for yourself, (Chicago’s Community Kitchens) will help you get there.”