SoDel Concepts' foundation, SoDel Cares, recently donated $4,000 to the Food Bank of Delaware. The hospitality company presented the check when students from the nonprofit's culinary program visited SoDel Concepts' offices in downtown Rehoboth Beach.
The culinary program is part of the Food Bank's mission to find long-term solutions to end hunger and poverty. The training encourages under- and unemployed Delawareans to find jobs in the food service industry, which currently has a high demand for skilled labor.
"Some of our company's greatest success stories started in the Food Bank of Delaware's culinary training program," said Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts, which owns nine coastal restaurants, Plate Catering and Big Thunder Roadside Kitchen, a food truck. "We are so happy to support the Food Bank of Delaware, which does so much good for so many people."
During their visit, the students met with the corporate team and got a behind-the-scenes look at how a large hospitality company like SoDel Concepts manages its back office.
"These students are learning valuable skills that will help them get started in the restaurant business," said Doug Ruley, corporate chef for SoDel Concepts. "The Food Bank also helps the graduates find jobs that suit their strengths. It's a remarkable program that deserves our industry's support."
Patricia Beebe, the CEO and president of Food Bank of Delaware, is grateful for the partnership with SoDel Concepts. "From accepting our culinary students for internships to coming into our culinary class to do demonstrations to working with us on events and donating financial resources, we know we can always count on the team at SoDel Concepts," she said.