Community Culinary School of Charlotte (Charlotte, NC)


  • Name:Ms. Karen Heroy
  • Title:Development Leader

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Community Culinary School of Charlotte
  • Address:2401-A Distribution Street
    Charlotte, NC 28203
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:704-375-4500
  • Main fax:704-347-0258

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  • Mission:
  • Community Culinary School of Charlotte (CCSC) is a private nonprofit 501c3 organization that provides workforce development training and job placement assistance in the food service industry for adults who face barriers to long-term successful employment.

  • Overview:
  • Our workforce development training program addresses the root cause of hunger – unemployment. Each year, we conduct three 14-week training sessions. In the program, students learn the culinary skills necessary to obtain career-level employment in the restaurant and food service industry. In addition to culinary arts training, our curriculum encompasses a Job Readiness Skills program - and new this year - our Relapse Prevention Service (RPS). RPS counselors facilitate weekly group meetings and confidential individual sessions, offering students the chance to explore their specific barriers, leading to greater success in work and in life.

    Students do not pay tuition to attend CCSC. Instead, they “barter” by preparing meals for our community partners who feed Charlotte’s needy: Share Our Strength who seeks to end childhood hunger, Friendships Trays, Freedom School partners, local shelters and food pantrys. Daily, our students prepare 720 meals daily for Friendship Trays, Mecklenburg County’s Meals- on-Wheels’ provider.

    Students complete CCSC with 2 certifications. One stating they completed 450 hours in culinary training and a national ServSafe Certificate ackowledging proficiency in safe food handling, storage and preparation. CCSC instructors work closely with students to identify job opportunities that best match their desires and talents. We have a strong track record of placement assistance, with an average 78% of our students finding employment upon graduation.

    An integral component of CCSC is its catering division. The purpose of Encore Catering is twofold: to give catering experience to our students and alumni, and to generate funds to help support the school. Encore provides an ideal training ground, while simultaneously generating revenue. As an arm of CCSC, Encore’s income and expenses are woven into the School’s Operating Budget.

    Recently, we expanded our program with a Bistro Buggy, which provides additional employment opportunities for our students and alumni. This traveling cart is a logical extension of our existing training program, expanding our current catering division and outreach activities. Just as Encore Catering provides training while generating revenue for CCSC, the Bistro Buggy has the same twofold purpose. It allows us to serve more neighborhoods as we offer nutritious food -- all while providing jobs and training experience to our students and alumni. The additional income stream enhances the School’s ability to be self-sufficient.

    Some of our graduates have been homeless or living in shelters and have gone on to live independently with good jobs. All come from fragile economic circumstances. By helping students obtain skills that translate into stable income, we simultaneously help them feed their families. This has an exponential effect that breaks the cycle of dependency and contributes to a healthy, sustainable community. CCSC fosters self-esteem and self-confidence in our students, who then become positive role models for their children and communities.

  • History:
  • In the South End of Charlotte, NC, a new state-of-the-art commercial kitchen was idle after 1:00 PM each day. Thousands of pounds of fresh produce were going to waste. Homeless shelters and soup kitchens needed to cook nutritious meals for residents. Individuals, who faced barriers to employment, needed training for good jobs. These are the circumstances which came together to create Community Culinary School of Charlotte (CCSC). Friendship Trays, a home-delivery meal program for the elderly, ill and disabled, owned a commercial kitchen. This kitchen, built in space donated by Bruce Parker and equipped by community efforts, was busy in the morning hours but not used in the afternoons. Friendship Trays was looking for ways the kitchen could be used while benefiting the community.

    In a model collaborative partnership, Friendship Trays, the Society of St. Andrews and Community Culinary School of Charlotte (CCSC) joined forces. The three separate organizations, housed in one building for years, effectively address the issue of hunger. Their joint mission: to salvage fresh food from local farms that would otherwise be discarded, prepare nutritious meals feeding Charlotte’s home-bound, and reverse the root cause of hunger by providing employment.

    Founded in 1997, CCSC is in its fifteenth year. We have grown from a one-room section of unfinished warehouse space with two students, to a space with five offices, a conference room, and a dedicated classroom where we can train up to 25 adults. As of this date, over 700 at-risk adults have completed our program

  • Year established:1997
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:12
  • Advisory board size:5
  • Staff size:15

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • - Richard Brizzi
    -Suzanne Bumgarner
    -Andrew Damiano
    -Karen Dean
    -Gary Gorham
    -Chip Hood
    -Rick Lekowski
    -Sandra Minter
    -Peter Reinhart
    -Gene Rogers
    -Jackie Velickovich

  • Executive Director / President:
  • -Chef Ron Ahlert, Executive Director

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • -Amy Jarmatcki, Program Director
    -Karen Heroy, Development Leader
    -Chelsa Howard, Chef Instructor
    - Elise Barksdale, Catering Manager
    - Bonnie O'Rourke, Controller
    -Missy Banks, Development Associate
    -Thomas Harrington, Bistro Buggy Manager


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • Tax ID:562051086

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:562051086
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% LINDA VOGLER
  • Organization Address:9315 MONROE RD STE D
  • Organization City:CHARLOTTE
  • Organization State:NC
  • Organization Zip:28270-1427
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:June, 1998
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):994, 566
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code, Job training, counseling, or assistance
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:J22Z
  • Asset Amount:$673,540
  • Asset Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • Income Amount:$886,367
  • Income Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$884,868
  • Last Updated:2/21/2018 5:03:32 pm

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