Our Mission

We use food as the foundation to change lives and strengthen communities.

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Our primary mission activity is culinary training and job placement services for adults experiencing barriers to employment. 

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CKP History

Community Kitchen Pittsburgh was launched in July 2013 with the strong support of the local funding community. We launched in response to an identified need to increase access to high quality, healthy food in institutional settings (such as schools); and a need for pathways to living wage jobs; and a belief that these goals could be closely integrated through our regional food system.


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Our Dedicated Staff


Jennifer Flanagan
Executive Director / Founder

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Mark Panichella
Career Services Manager

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Jesse Sharrard
Training & Education Director

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Travis Torsell
Chef Trainer / Catering Chef

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Darryl Coaston
Lead Chef Trainer / EIC Kitchen Manager

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John Peck
Sales Manager

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Rikki Rabbin
Nutrition / Compliance Specialist


Keith Holt
Production Chef

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Markeya Lowry
Case Manager

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Robert Masey
Career Services Coordinator

Keith Holt  / Production Chef

Norina Espinosa
Catering & Events Coordinator

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Andrew Leslie
Purchasing Manager


Sam Swartz
Administrative Assistant


Our Partners

We have over 80 employer partners hiring our graduates. We are also proud members of Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership, and Catalyst Kitchens and we are a United Way Partner Agency.

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Our key community partners include:


Board of Directors


Mimi Falbo
Falbo Consulting & Owner, Market Café


John Howey
Exec. Chef, UPMC Presbyterian


Joan Kimmel
Owner, The Urban Gardener

Robert Delach
CFO & Treasurer
Managing Director/CFO, AGSM Private Equity Firm


Michael Wilson
Glen Hazel Community Resident Management Corporation


Frances O’Connor Magovern
Attorney, Blank Rome LLP


Eddie Yongo
Chief Development & External Relations Officer, Pressley Ridge


Annette Mich
Systems Consultant & Co-Owner, Prantl’s Bakery


Bill Fuller
Corporate Chef, Big Burrito Group


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How We Make Change

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