Amos House – Food Service / Culinary


Amos House is a multi-service agency that provides several different job training programs as well as housing, meals and other social services.

Industry Focus: Culinary

Location: 460 Pine Street, Providence

Phone: 401-272-0220          Email: Website:

Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 AM 4:00PM

Training:  Culinary – hands-on food preparation training, customer service, hospitality, and an internship                   with a local business, 16-week program

Certificates: • Servsafe Certification • TIPS Certification • Guest Service Gold • CPR/First Aid Certification

Application: Michelle Pugh at

Fees: Free

Entry requirements: no entry requirements

Other Services: social services, financial coaching, meal site, housing for homeless, addiction recovery services, reentry services, among others.

Genesis Center

Industry focus: Food Service/Culinary

Location: 620 Potters Ave, Providence

Phone: 401-781-6110         Email:       Website:

Training: Training is from 9:00 am to 2:30 PM each weekday for 8 weeks and includes hands-on cooking, classroom, and an internship at a local restaurant, hotel or large institution such as a hospital.

Application: online or attend an information session, every Tuesday, 3:00 PM at the Genesis Center.

Fee: There is a fee but Genesis offers most low-income students full scholarships.

Entry requirements: 18 years of age; reading and math assessment; able to communication in English; be able to lift 50 pounds.

The RI Hospitality Education Foundation (RIHEF)

Industry Focus: Culinary and Hospitality

Location: 94 Sabra Street, Cranston

Phone: 401-223-1120        Email:

Website:  (click on Education/Training)

Trainings: Entry Level Cook Training is a three-week training, two weeks in the classroom and one week hands on experience in the kitchen. RIHEF has other culinary and hospitality trainings listed on their website, not all of which are free.

Fee: Free (Entry Level Cook Training is free but other trainings offered have fees.)

Application: apply online

Entry requirements: Interest in culinary with no prior experience

The RI Food Bank – Community Kitchen

Industry Focus: Food Service/Culinary

Location: 200 Niantic Ave, Providence

Phone: 401-942-6325         Email:


Training: Community Kitchen is full-time, 14-week culinary course with possible internship at a local restaurant. Learn about the industry, work readiness skills, and hands-on experience. Class sessions are scheduled several times each year. Call to find out when the next class starts.

Application: online (classes fill up quickly, you may be put on a wait list)

Fee: Free

Entry requirements: State ID or drivers’ license; social security card; current BCI; health insurance; high school diploma or GED; interview.